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Lo fascinante de “Nada” de Carmen Laforet
The Fascination of Nada by Carmen Laforet

Author(s): Dana Matei
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universitatii de Nord, Baia Mare
Keywords: Postwar Spanish Literature; existential adventure; “chica rara”; identity;

Summary/Abstract: The present paper is meant to analyze some features of one of the novels which had the greatest impact on the decades following the Spanish Civil War. The novel Nada was published in a period of time known as the “Postwar Spanish Literature” and it represents a discontinuation both from the common political language characteristic of the novels after the Civil War, and the pattern of the sentimental novels very popular at the time. The author, Carmen Laforet, puts forward a new model of a female character opposed to the official and traditional one which restricted the role of a woman only to family and home. Andrea, the main character of the novel, opens the literary road for “bad girls”, rebels, who start on their own an existential adventure in search of their own way of looking upon the world.

  • Issue Year: XXIII/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 269-276
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Spanish