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Guide to the Classics: Carmen Laforet's Nada captures longing and desire in post-war Spain

By Ruth McHugh-Dillon, Lecturer in European Languages (Spanish and Latin American Studies), Monash University
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If you haven’t heard of Nada, one of the most important European novels of the 20th century, you’re not alone.

Written in a few short months by Carmen Laforet, it was originally published in Spain in 1944 to immediate acclaim. It won a wide readership and Spain’s inaugural Premio Nadal, now the country’s most prestigious literary prize. Yet Nada took more than 80 years to appear in English…

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