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(12/05/2008) Nada by Carmen Laforet. New York. 2007. Modern Library. Translated From The Spanish By Edith Grossman. Introduction By Mario Vargas Llosa. keywords: Literature Spain Women Translated. 247 pages. Jacket design: Thomas Beck Stvan Jacket photograph - Trevillion Images. 9780679643456.

FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   CARMEN LAFORET'S NADA is one of the most important literary works of post-Civil War Spain. Loosely based on the author's own life, it is the story of an orphaned young woman who leaves her small town to attend university in war-ravaged Barcelona. 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 Roman and his violent brother Juan; and Juan's disturbingly beautiful wife, Gloria, who secretly supports the clan with her gambling. From existential crisis to a growing maturity and resolve, Andrea's passionate inner journey leaves her wiser, stronger, and filled with hope for the future. Edith Grossman's vital new translation captures the feverish energy of Laforet's magnificent story, showcasing its sharply drawn characters, its dark, powerful imagery, and its subtle humor. And Mario Vargas Llosa's Introduction illuminates Laforet's brilliant depiction of life during the early days of the Franco regime. With crystalline insight into the human condition, Carmen Laforet's classic novel stands poised to reclaim its place as one of the great novels of twentieth-century Europe.

CARMEN LAFORET had a profound impact on Spanish literature. Her debut novel, Nada, was awarded the first Premio Nadal in 1944-She also wrote a collection of short stories and five other novels, including Al doblar la esquina and La mujer nueva, which won Spain's National Prize for Literature in 1955.

EDITH GROSSMAN is the distinguished translator of works by many Spanish and Latin American writers, including Miguel de Cervantes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, and Alvaro Mutis. She is the recipient of two Translation of the Year awards from the American Literary Translators Association and the 2OO6 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation. She lives in New York City. MARIO VARGAS LLOSA is one of Latin America's preeminent fiction writers and essayists. His novels include THE FEAST OF THE GOAT, THE NOTEBOOKS OF DON RIGOBERTO, And AUNT JULIA AND THE SCRIPTWRITER.

 

 

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