With its laconic, Sartrian title, the book caused a sensation with its portrayal of a miserable, sordid Barcelona immediately after the civil war. It has never been out of print, and, even today, sells several thousand copies a year. In , the manuscript of Nada won Laforet the very first Nadal prize, at the age of only 23; its publication was part of the award. Into the climate of bombast that pervaded her impoverished and frightened country after the civil war, Laforet introduced a realistic eye and existential spirit. Her writing is direct and fresh, in short, clear sentences.
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Biography[ edit ] Laforet was born in Barcelona, Spain , but at the age of 2 she moved with her family to the Canary Islands where she spent her childhood. In at the age of 18, Laforet left for Barcelona where she studied Philosophy at the University of Barcelona while living with relatives. In she departed for Madrid where she studied Law at the Universidad Complutense. See articles by Mark P. Like Salinger, Laforet maintained a very distrustful relationship with her critics, especially after she struggled to match the outstanding critical acclaim of her first novel.
Following her visit to the U. Her friendship with fellow Spanish author and U. Sender was revealed in a series of letters published in entitled Puedo contar contigo. She also authored short stories, the majority of which were published in a collection entitled La muerta, as well as novelettes that were published in a collection entitled La llamada. She died in Madrid on 28 February Carmen Laforet was forgotten by the world of literature for a long time.
In February , as a commemoration of the third anniversary of her death, the Editorial Menoscuarto published for the first time a compilation of all her short stories, including five previously unpublished stories. In a series of biographies dedicated to Carmen Laforet were published and directed by the writer Nuria Amat. In The Instituto Cervantes in New York United States paid tribute to the author in one of its cultural activities to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the publication of her book Nada.
Was born in this house, the source of inspiration for her first novel Nada. The full-length film was directed by Edgar Nevile. Because of the censorship of those years, thirty minutes of the film were cut and many of the scenes shot in Barcelona were obliterated. Later, in , Argentina brought to the big screen what would be an adaptation of the novel Nada, a black and white drama directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson. Works[ edit ] The literary production of the writer is wide.
After the death of her mother, her father married a woman with whom Carmen did not have a good relationship. This situation was reflected in three of her works. The Spanish writer tried to combine her feelings in each of her works. Several authors insist on her feminist vision, although her mystical vision of the world, should be pointed out, especially in her work La mujer nueva, whose main point is the faith of the main character.
The main character of this work is Paulina, a woman who goes from criticizing the Church to practising the Catholic religion, a change she chooses on her own. Paulina stopped having a sinful life, as she had a son born out of wedlock and she also had a relationship with another man. Thus, in this work the freedom of the women to choose another way of life is joined with mysticism. This could be due to the religious belief of the author, because in the correspondence that remained for a long time with writer Ramon J.
Sender , she claims to believe in God. Intrigue and mystery are also present in many of her works. This author could be considered the precursor of the detective novel in Spain because, although currently this is a rising genre and it was started some time ago, she had done it thirty years earlier than other authors. Sender , she died before publication of the final volume in fact, nobody knows whether or not it was actually written.
Other works by the author are: Nada  , novel. La isla y los demonios , novel. El piano , novel. Un noviazgo , short novel. El viaje divertido , short novel. Los emplazados , short novel. La llamada , story. La mujer nueva , novel.
Un matrimonio , novel.
At the centre of the maze
The novel is narrated by its main character, Andrea, an orphan, who has fond memories of her well off family in Barcelona, and has been raised in a convent in provincial Spain. The government has awarded Andrea a scholarship and a subsistence stipend so that she can attend university. She travels to Barcelona to the home of her grandmother, only to find it filthy and falling apart. Her frail, devoutly Catholic grandmother seems unaware of her miserable surroundings. Also living in the crumbling house is a strict, controlling aunt Angustias, a roguish, but musically talented uncle, Roman, another uncle, Juan, who abuses his beautiful wife Gloria.
Biography[ edit ] Laforet was born in Barcelona, Spain , but at the age of 2 she moved with her family to the Canary Islands where she spent her childhood. In at the age of 18, Laforet left for Barcelona where she studied Philosophy at the University of Barcelona while living with relatives. In she departed for Madrid where she studied Law at the Universidad Complutense. See articles by Mark P.