Javier Marías' awaited new novel after BERTA ISLA,
«I was educated in the old fashioned way, and I never imagined that I would one day be ordered to kill a woman. Women should not be touched, or harmed, or beaten ... »
Two men, one in fiction and one in reality, had the opportunity to kill Hitler before he unleashed World War II. Based on this fact, Javier Marías explores the underside of "You will not kill." If those men should have shot the Führer, is it possible to shoot someone else? As the narrator of Tomás Nevinson says, "you can see that killing is not so extreme or so difficult and unfair if you know who and why."
Tomás Nevinson, Berta Isla's husband, falls into the temptation to return to the Secret Services, and is proposed to go to a northwestern city to identify a person, half Spanish and half Northern Irish, who participated in attacks by the IRA and ETA ten years ago. We are in 1997. The order bears the stamp of his ambiguous ex-boss Bertram Tupra, who, through a deception, had already conditioned his previous life.
The novel, beyond its plot, is a deep reflection on the limits of what can be done, on the mark that avoidance of the greater evil almost always brings and on the difficulty of determining what that evil is. Against the background of historical episodes of terrorism, Tomás Nevinson is also the story of what happens to someone who has already seen everything happen to him and to whom, apparently, nothing else could happen. But, while they do not finish, days continue to arrive...