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- DescriptionWinner of Spain's National Prize for Literature In the middle of the night, a woman awakens to find a stranger in her bedroom. Though she cant determine who he is--or, indeed, whether he is even real at all and t just an extension of her dreams or her writing--she is drawn into a conversation with her unexpected guest. What she tells him becomes the story of a woman coming of age in the repressive Spain of the Franco era. In The Back Room Carmen Martin Gaite spins out a hyptic evocation of one woman's life counterpointed against the social history of modern Spain. The growth of a personal identity and the terrors of fascism are woven together within the delicate fabric of this dreamlike narrative. The result is an intimate and existential confessional--part autobiography, part fiction. In direct and simple language, Martin Gaite envisions life within a world besieged. This, her finest work, explores the back room of memory with a quiet but irresistible power. The winner of Spain's 1978 National Prize for Literature, Gaite's postmodern vel interweaves dreams and fantasies with autobiography and Spanish history, resulting in a book that is complex and elusive, but more than worth the effort. --Publishers Weekly A serious, fascinating work, indeed a great vel...leaves its readers mesmerized. --ABC Literario Excellently plotted and written with that perfect simplicity that tends to escape tice and which has characterized Gaite's vels from the start...She has once again made the difficult art of writing into easy reading. --El Mundo ...intensely serious, literary and wryly humorous, [her] mesmerizing, labyrinthine sentences induce a sense of wandering the corridors and topiaried gardens of Marienbad. --Sunday Times Some of the cultural specifics in this 1978 vel from Spain-songs, doll furniture, movies-may be meaningful only for Spanish readers. But Martin Gaite's vel, the first in Columbia's new Twentieth Century Continental Fiction Program, is artful and engaging netheless, a book of intelligent moods modulating into one ather. -Kirkus Reviews Carmen Martin Gaite was one of Spain's leading velists. She was the author of numerous works of fiction and criticism, including Variable Cloud and, most recently, The Farewell Angel. The Back Room was the first of her vels to appear in Spain after the death of Franco, and the first to be translated into English. In 1978 it was awarded Spain's National Prize for Literature.
- Author(s)Carmen Martin Gaite
- PublisherCity Lights Books
- Date of Publication01/05/2000
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationMonroe, OR
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCity Lights Books
- Out-of-print date28/12/2011
- Weight271 g
- Width140 mm
- Height183 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Translated byHelen Lane
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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