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Nada

(1945)
A novel by

 
 
Carmen Laforet's Nada ranks among 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 Román 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.

The incomparable Edith Grossman's vital new translation captures the feverish energy of Laforet's magnificent story, showcasing 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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

February 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Nada
Author(s): Carmen Laforet
ISBN: 1-84343-302-8 / 978-1-84343-302-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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February 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Nada: A Novel (Modern Library Classics)
Author(s): Carmen Laforet
ISBN: 0-679-64345-1 / 978-0-679-64345-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Modern Library
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Paperback Editions

February 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: Nada: A Novel (Modern Library Classics)
Author(s): Carmen Laforet
ISBN: 0-8129-7583-9 / 978-0-8129-7583-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Modern Library
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February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Nada
Author(s): Carmen Laforet
ISBN: 0-09-949419-1 / 978-0-09-949419-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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December 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Nada: Translated by Glafyra Ennis- Third Printing (Catalan Studies)
Author(s): Glafyra Ennis
ISBN: 0-8204-2064-6 / 978-0-8204-2064-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
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1995 : Paperback
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Title: NADA
Author(s): Carmen Laforet
ISBN: 8423325105 / 978-8423325108
Publisher: Destino Ediciones
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Audio Editions

2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Nada
Author(s): Carmen Laforet
ISBN: 1-4281-7444-3 / 978-1-4281-7444-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
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2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: nada
Author(s): Carmen Laforet
ISBN: 1-4281-7443-5 / 978-1-4281-7443-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books LLC
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Kindle Editions

June 2020 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Nada: A Novel (Modern Library Torchbearers)
Author(s): Carmen Laforet
Publisher: Modern Library
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December 2018 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Nada
Author(s): Carmen Laforet
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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