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The Island of the Father
Seix Barral , 2015, 280 pp.
Awarded the Biblioteca Breve Prize, 2015

As a little boy, his father was away for months at a time, traveling the seven seas. One day he showed up at the door of their home in Bilbao. The boy didn’t recognize him. “Who is that man?” he asked. On the border of memory and fantasy, this is a book that springs from the death of Leonardo Marías, when his son Fernando employs writing as an alternative to grieving, and fearlessly enters every corner of himself and his relationship with the inaccessible character of his seafaring father through the eyes of the child, teenager and young man he was as well as the mature man he is today.

Father and son set off on a journey into the landscape of childhood and its paucities, through an early fascination with literature and film; an itinerary populated by pirates and evildoers, by fears and legends, by the presence of a mysterious hero that becomes a role mode.

Over the course of this freewheeling voyage Fernando Marías is able to find the balance between nostalgia and closure, between fear and certainty. An homage to the literature and cinema that uses many different narrative techniques: from a conversation with a dead father to the license to suspend time on a train, or putting a spotlight on tiny fleeting moments that shape who we are.

Foreign rights held by Planeta


Todo el amor y casi toda la muerte
Espasa, 2010, 360 pp.
Awarded the Premio Primavera Prize, 2010

A novel about the strength of desire and the obscurity of feelings, this work redefines romance literature and psychological thriller writing through the stories of two men from different periods who are brought together by the same curse.

Foreign rights held by Planeta

Rights sold: Russian (Olma Media Group)


el mundo se acaba todos los días

El mundo se acaba todos los días
(The world ends every day)

Algaida, 2005, 298 pp.
Awarded the Ateneo de Sevilla Novel Prize, 2005

The news that the popular television presenter Amparao Sanz is terminally ill reaches Miguel Ariza, a comic book artist who once had a passionate love affair with her. He travels to the seaside village where Amparo awaits death.

But this desperate need for a final encounter sends Ariza spiralling downwards into an inferno as he sifts through the memories and emotions of that tempestuous relationship and tries to fill the gaps left in his memory by time and alcohol, from the hedonistic and frenetic years of the movida madrileña to the irrational horror of the March 11 terrorist attacks and what passes for reality on the television, dominated by unscrupulous directors. A revision of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in post-contemporary Madrid, El mundo se acaba todos los días is a tale of psychological intrigue that confirms Fernando Marías as a master of suspense.


Novel - Thriller
Destino, 2004, 214 p.
Awarded the Dulce Chacon Novel Prize, 2005

A Spanish doctor is sent to Iraq in August 2003 on a peace mission. He returns to Madrid seriously injured. During his convalescence, he feels strange. What happened to him when he lost consciousness? He will soon discover that the blood of the Iraqi he killed runs in his veins. Suspense, fantasy and elements of horror combined with a love story.

Rights sold : Russian (Fluid) and French (Cénomane)
Film rights : Vaca Films

Film premieres in Spain December 2012 - Vaca Films, film producer of Celda 211

The film: Invasor tells the story of Pablo, a Spanish military doctor serving in a peace mission in the war of Iraq, 2003. In a departure routine in the desert, his convoy is attacked. Refugee along with a colleague in a lost home, they are involved in an unexpected fight, which nearly cost them their lives. Upon their return to Spain, and still convalescent, Pablo is decorated for his bravery on the battlefield. But he is wracked by guilt although temporary amnesia prevents him from remembering what exactly happened. Pablo has to discover what really happened in Irak and then he´ll must decide between revealing what actually happened in the attack and its aftermath or go along with the official version. This film emerges from the homonym book written by Fernando Marías, 2001 Nadal Prize winner with “El niño de los Coroneles” and autor of scripts as “El segundo nombre” and “Luz prodigiosa”. The writer suggests a story of intrigue on the conscience and human solidarity, which means “talking about the illegitimate war on Iraq, in which all, what we wanted it or not, we were inevitable involved”.

The novel is adapted to the big screen by the scriptwriter Jorge Arenillas, one of the young rising values of the writing in Spain and author of “Adivina quien soy” TV- movie directed by Enrique Urbizu. The adaptation is directed by Daniel Calparsoro, one of the most prestigious filmmakers from our country, director of films like “Salto al vacío”, “Ausentes” or “Pasajes”.



El niño de los coroneles
(The child of the colonels)
Destino, 2001, 528 p.
Awarded the Nadal prize, 2001

This novel opens with the confession of the mysterious and perverse Victor Lars, given to Jean Laventier. Both share a close friendship in Paris during World War II. Victor, a collaborator, has spent most of his life working on a project to create an intrinsically evil and extremely cruel being, deprived of feelings. The relationship between Laventier and Lars is a wild chess game, a fight between good and evil.

Rights sold: Russian (Machaon) and French (Cénomane)

esta noche

Esta noche moriré
(Tonight I die)

Destino, 1996, 164 p.

A man who was jailed by police chief Delmar decides to take his revenge and prepares a plan that will take him sixteen years to execute.

Rights sold: French (CÚnomane) and Portuguese (Livros do Brasil)

Film rights : Filmax

Audiobook (Adiomol)

luz prodigiosa

La luz prodigiosa (Prodigious light)
Destino, 1998, 178 p.
Winner of the Ciudad de Barbastro Prize, 1991

Fedérico García Lorca did not die in August 1936. Disturbed and suffering from amnesia caused by the gunshots, he survived for years not knowing who he was. Drawing on the confused circumstances surrounding Lorca’s death (the poet’s body was never found), this novel recreates Lorca’s life after August 1936. A highly credible narrative.

Rights sold: Portuguese (Civilizaçao), Russian (Machaon) and French (Cénomane).

Audiobook (Adiomol)

Film : "End of a Mystery" directed by Miguel Hermoso, starring Nino Manfredi, Music : Ennio Morricone – 3 Awards in Moscow Festival 2003.

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Laure Merle d´Aubigné - Literary Agent - A.C.E.R. - C/ Amor de Dios 1 - 28014 Madrid - Spain