Snippet: Carmen Laforet’s “Nothing” (1944/45)

Nada

Thanks to some excerpts cited on Spanish state TV’s “Página 2” literature program, this blogger checked out Carmen Laforet’s novel Nada from the local library and has been impressed in a way hardly ever experienced by a Spanish book; it seemed like a successful combination of Charles Dickens in the description of the city surroundings, and J.D. Salinger in the narrative voice of the lone youngster – though this book was published six years before The Catcher in the Rye, and the protagonist, Andrea, is astonishingly mature for her age. It won the first Nadal [Christmas] prize ever awarded, in 1944, and was published in 1945.

You can find out more about the author Carmen Laforet (1921-2004) and her most famous novel from The Guardian‘s obituary, the book review, and the Wikipedia article dedicated to Nada.

Nada: A Novel is still available on amazon.com where it has received excellent reader critiques.

SOURCE: author website (cover picture)

 

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