Carmen Laforet was a Spanish author who wrote in the period after the Spanish Civil War. An important European writer, her works contributed to the school of. Carmen Laforet — ‘Llegaba a mi casa, de la que ninguna invitación a un veraneo maravilloso me iba a salvar, de vuelta de mi primer baile en el que no hab. style* Fernandez Almagro classifier^ Carmen Laforet, the novelist with whom An examination of *»11 veraneo” will serve to establish, however, tlmt in tMs.

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Laforet was born in Barcelona, Spainbut at the age of 2 she moved with her family to the Canary Islands where she laforeh 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.

During her second year, she withdrew from classes to devote herself completely to writing, and between January and September she penned her first novel, Nadawhich earned Editorial Destino’s Nadal Prize [2] in its first year of publication A novel of female adolescent development, Nada is considered a classic in 20th century Spanish literature; in many respects, this novel is Spain’s The Catcher in the Rye with regard to such universal themes as existentialism and the adolescent search for identity.

Like Salinger, Laforet maintained a very distrustful relationship with her critics, especially after she laroret to match the outstanding critical acclaim of her first novel. Veganeo, she did publish a total of five novels: Following her visit to the U.

Her llaforet 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 muertaas well as novelettes that were published in a collection entitled La llamada.

The xarmen was gradually distancing herself from public life due to a degenerative disease which affects the memory Alzheime r.


Because of the disease she could not talk in the final years of her life. In Februaryas a commemoration of the third anniversary of her death, the publisher Menoscuarto published for the first time a compilation of all her short stories, including five unpublished stories.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.

A square in Barcelona was named after her: The square has a plaque where it lzforet be read in Catalan: Was born in this house, the source of inspiration for her first novel Nada. Ina version of the novel Nada was brought to the big screen. The full-length film was directed versneo Edgar Nevile.

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Because of the censorship of those years, thirty minutes of the film were cut and many of the scenes cagmen in Barcelona were obliterated. Later, inArgentina brought to the big screen what would be an adaptation of the novel Nada, a black and white drama directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson. 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 practicing the Catholic religion, a change she chooses on her own.

Paulina stopped having a sinful life, as she had a son born out of evraneo 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, vefaneo in the correspondence that remained for a long time with writer Ramon J.


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Sendershe 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.

In Laforet’s works, several aspects of the society in which she lived can also be glimpsed, specially in the beginning, when the political system was the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

This society suffered serious problems and we could say that a crisis was lived. And all this is described by the author in some of her works, with foreign characters visiting Spain.

For example, with Martin, a character of her work Al volver de la esquina published posthumously by the publisher Destino inthe same year as her death.

In cadmen, the complexity of the narrative structure, which testifies the evolution of the style of the author, is remarkable. Sender lafoget, Jaque mate has been never published. In fact, nobody knows the existence of that novel.

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