At university Andrea befriends the vivacious Ena, whose life seems a world apart from the claustrophobic family apartment, and joins a group of would-be avant-garde students. But then Ena becomes involved with her family, with disastrous results.
Written when Carmen Laforet was herself in her early twenties, and published in 1944, Nada is a direct and intimate account of a young woman encountering the wider world. It is set against the backdrop of a society traumatised by the Civil War, in a Barcelona whose streets retain an air of danger, and the family's situation and story are bleak, but Andrea's youthful hope and core humanity remain unscathed. Nada is a an engaging novel, and ultimately a positive one.
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