Nada

Nada

By (author) Carmen Laforet , Translated by Ms Edith Grossman , Foreword by Mario Vargas Llosa , Introduction by Mario Vargas Llosa

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Carmen Laforet&#8217;s <i>Nada</i> ranks among the most important literary works of post-Civil War Spain. Loosely based on the author&#8217;s own life, it is the story of an orphaned young woman who leaves her small town to attend university in war-ravaged Barcelona. <br><br>Residing amid genteel poverty in a mysterious house on Calle de Aribau, young Andrea falls in with a wealthy band of schoolmates who provide a rich counterpoint to the squalor of her home life. As experience overtakes innocence, Andrea gradually learns the disquieting truth about the people she shares her life with: her overbearing and superstitious aunt Angustias; her nihilistic yet artistically gifted uncle Rom&#225;n and his violent brother Juan; and Juan&#8217;s disturbingly beautiful wife, Gloria, who secretly supports the clan with her gambling. From existential crisis to a growing maturity and resolve, Andrea&#8217;s passionate inner journey leaves her wiser, stronger, and filled with hope for the future. <br><br>The incomparable Edith Grossman&#8217;s vital new translation captures the feverish energy of Laforet&#8217;s magnificent story, showcasing its dark, powerful imagery, and its subtle humor. And Mario Vargas Llosa&#8217;s Introduction illuminates Laforet&#8217;s brilliant depiction of life during the early days of the Franco regime. With crystalline insight into the human condition, Carmen Laforet&#8217;s classic novel stands poised to reclaim its place as one of the great novels of twentieth-century Europe.

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  • Hardback | 244 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.7 x 22.9mm | 362.88g
  • 06 Feb 2007
  • Modern Library
  • English
  • 0679643451
  • 9780679643456
  • 966,453

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