Michael Eaude

Liar, Liar

The Impostor

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Javier Cercas is one of Europe’s most serious and attractive writers. Soldiers of Salamis, his breakthrough novel (published in English in 2003), dealt with an incident of mercy in the Spanish Civil War, The Speed of Light (2006) with the empty heart of a Vietnam War veteran, and Outlaws (2014) with a gang of thieves in Girona. These fine, diverse novels have in common Cercas’s luminous style, reminiscent at times of F Scott Fitzgerald; in all of them too, Cercas offers a subtle exploration of the nature of heroism. 

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