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.
Nada: A Novel is still available on amazon.com where it has received excellent reader critiques.
SOURCE: author website (cover picture)