Carmen Laforet

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Laforet, Carmen


Born Sept. 6, 1921, in Barcelona. Spanish writer.

Laforet studied philosophy, literature, and law at the universities of Barcelona and Madrid. Her first novel, Nothing (1944), depicted the disunity and spiritual crisis of the Spanish intelligentsia. Her work and the novels of C. J. Cela gave birth to the literature of tremendismo (from the Spanish tremendo, “terrible”). Laforet continued her first novel’s theme in Island and Demons (1952), which is based on recollections of her childhood in the Canary Islands. The novellas in the collection The Call (1954) and the novel The New Woman (1955) preach moral self-perfection in the spirit of militant Catholicism. Sunstroke (1963) is the first part of a novel trilogy about the formation of the personality of a young artist.


Obras completas. Barcelona, 1957.
Mis páginas mejores. [Madrid, 1956.]
In Russian translation:
[Novelly.] In Ispanskaia novella XX v. Moscow [1965].
Nichto. Ostrov i demony. Introduction by I. Terterian. Moscow, 1969.


Terterian, I. Sovremennyi ispanskii roman. Moscow, 1972.
Illanes, A. G. La novelística de Carmen Laforet. [Madrid, 1971.]
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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