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The Impostor

(2017)
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The Impostor by the admired Spanish writer Javier Cercas is a true story that is nevertheless packed with fiction. However, the fiction is not a story created by the author, but by his main character, Enric Marco.

Who is Enric Marco? An old man from Barcelona in his nineties who claimed to be a Nazi concentration camp survivor and rose to be president of Spain's leading Holocaust survivor movement, the Friends of Mauthausen. By the time he was unmasked on the eve of a major Holocaust commemoration in Austria in 2005, he had become a civic hero, speaking at at hundreds of conferences, granting dozens of interviews, receiving important honours, publishing a successful memoir, and even moving Spanish congressmen to tears at the first gathering to pay homage to the Republicans deported by the Third Reich. The case shocked the world, and Marco was labelled a great imposter. "I am an impostor," he claimed, "but not a fraud."

Nearly a decade later, Javier Cercas addresses the enigma of the man, his truths and lies, and, through an investigation that unravels Spain's history in the twentieth century, delves with passion and heartbreaking honesty into the deepest part of ourselves: into our infinite capacity for self-deception, our need for conformity, our lies, our insatiable thirst for affection and our opposing needs for fiction and reality.

The Impostor is an extraordinary novel that both tells Marco's self-deluding story, and challenges the reader to consider how truthful any of us are in the way we present ourselves in daily life.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2017 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: The Impostor
Author(s): Javier Cercas
ISBN: 0-85705-650-6 / 978-0-85705-650-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

November 2017 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Impostor
Author(s): Javier Cercas
ISBN: 0-85705-651-4 / 978-0-85705-651-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

November 2017 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Impostor
Author(s): Javier Cercas
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon CA   

November 2017 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Impostor
Author(s): Javier Cercas
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


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