The Back Room
The Back Room
Translated by Helen Lane

Winner 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 cannot determine who he is--or, indeed, whether he is even real at all and not 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 Martín Gaite spins out a hypnotic 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, Martín Gaite envisions life within a world besieged. This, her finest work, explores the back room of memory with a quiet but irresistible power.

Title The Back Room
Translated by Helen Lane
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 01 April 2000
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 224 p.
ISBN-10 0872863719
ISBN-13 9780872863712
Publication Date 01 April 2000
Main content page count 224
Dimensions 5.5 x 7.3 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.95

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