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I would like to use \textcite to produce something like:

According to Stringer and Gamble (1993, p.159; contra Gargett 1989, 1999), the only clear example of an intentional Neanderthal burial is that of La Chapelle-aux-Saints 1 in Southwestern France.

I've looked around but couldn't find anything to that effect.

Here's a MWE:

\documentclass[10pt]{article}

\usepackage[american]{babel}
\usepackage{csquotes}
\usepackage[sorting=nyt, style=authoryear-comp, backend=biber, maxbibnames=10, maxcitenames=2, doi=false]{biblatex}
\addbibresource{preset.bib}
\DeclareLanguageMapping{american}{american-apa}


\begin{document}
According to \textcites[159]{Stringer1993}[contra][]{Gargett1989, Gargett1999}, the only clear example of an intentional Neanderthal burial is that of La Chapelle-aux-Saints 1 in Southwestern France.
\printbibliography
\end{document}

Which does not produce what I want:

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EDIT: Here's what worked for me (both lines are identical, but for me only the second worked)

\citeauthor{Stringer1993}~\mkbibparens{\cite*[159]{String‌​er1993}; contra \cite{Gargett1989, Gargett1999}}
\citeauthor{Stringer1993}~\mkbibparens{\cite*[159]{Stringer1993}; contra \cite{Gargett1989, Gargett1999}}

marked as duplicate by CarLaTeX, moewe biblatex Mar 7 '17 at 18:00

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  • If that doesn't work for you, maybe you want to show us an MWE so we can see what style you use and we have something to start from. – moewe Mar 7 '17 at 16:33
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    Mhh, one could probably come up with a solution similar to that from the answer I linked to, but that is really only worth it if you plan to use that more often than once. If you need that only rarely, I'd probably just fake it as in Biblatex: nested citations with the \textcites command: \citeauthor{Stringer1993}~\mkbibparens{\citeyear[159]{Stringer1993}; contra \cite{Gargett1989, Gargett1999}} (you can of course stuff that into an ad-hoc command) – moewe Mar 7 '17 at 16:51
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    Sorry, I'm a bit thick. You say \citeyear was not 'recognised', but then you say it worked for you? Faking the citation like this is of course a bit clumsy and it might confuse the citation tracker that takes care of the 'ibid' mechanism. But since 'ibid.' is highly ambiguous after such a citation anyway, a \citereset might be a good idea. (\postnotedelim ; seems like overkill.) I'd use \citeauthor{sigfridsson}~\mkbibparens{\citeyear[159]{sigfridsson}; \cite[\textit{contra}][]{knuth:ct:a,knuth:ct:b}} – moewe Mar 7 '17 at 17:18
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    There seem to be some invisible characters between the g and e in g‌​e from String‌​er1993 in your \cite* argument in the first line. I could see this when I deleted the e with backspace, I had to press backspace another two times to delete the g even though there was apparently nothing in between the two letters. – moewe Mar 7 '17 at 17:59

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