Late last year, I adventitiously discovered Carmen Laforet. She was a Catalonian author who was active from 1944 when she wrote Nada (Nothing) until 1996. She wrote of the struggles of young women trying to find their purpose in a post Spanish Civil War era. Mrs. Laforet discovered her voice at a time when women were meant to look forward to nothing more than marrying a man who needed to be carefully looked after, birthimg as many portly babies as possible (preferably male) and keeping a well-decorated, clean home. That wasn’t good enough for Carmen. She made that abundantly clear through her irreverent and sober-minded literary vox populi.
Nada is a spectacular literary feat. La Isla y Los Demonios is its prequel. It’s just as good as her first book. Since I happened upon Nada, I have tried to find as many used copies of her works as I can get my hands on. It hasn’t been as easy I thought it would be.
And then, just when I was about to give up, this happened!
This 1957 first edition collection of her works is now mine! Goodness how I love abebooks.com !
I am obsessed with this beautiful, leather-bound book! Not only will I be able to read all of her others writings up to 1955 which I have been dying to do for weeks now, but I’ll also be able to display this beautiful edition in my home library.
Is it crazy that I get this excited over a book? Nah!