Javier Marías Franco
Javier Marías Franco is a Spanish novelist, translator and columnist, born in Madrid. After attending the Complutense University of Madrid Marías turned his attention to translating English novels into Spanish. Some of the authors whom he translated include John Updike, Thomas Hardy, Vladimir Nabokov, and Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1979 he won the Spanish national award for translation for his version of Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy. After returning to original composition Marías won the 1997 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his 1992 novel A Heart So White. He was elected to armchair 57 of the Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy) in 2006.