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El cuarto de atrás

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  646 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Durante una noche de insomnio, la escritora recibe la visita de un desconocido interlocutor cuya identidad permanecerá oculta en todo momento... Los recuerdos de infancia y juventud en Salamanca se irán mezclando con sus reflexiones sobre los sueños, el amor, la escritura o la memoria. «El cuarto de atrás es un ensayo sobre el oficio de escribir, un libro de memorias y una ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Continental Book Company (first published 1978)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 16, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2008-2012)
Postmodern. Hard to understand. I just cannot pretend and say that I understood everything.

It is a story of a writer who is having an insomnia one night so she tosses and turns in bed. Then "a man in black" who is a journalist comes to interview the writer and in the process tells his own partly demonic, partly fantastic stories. In the course of their conversation, both of their stories unfold to the readers: their memories, writing, fears, love and literature.

When the morning comes, the thir
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Elizabeth
Oct 31, 2007 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: females
Me encantó esta perla por Carmen Martin Gaite. A fantastic book (where fantastic is a literary genre, not an exclamtion), centralized on the author's memories of her time growing up in the Franco regime. I recommend it to females because I've noticed males have a harder time understanding her thought process--it is, by nature of the method of remembering things, an insight into the female mind. I feel like the most prominent theme of the book is solitude and the tendency we all have to escape me ...more
Irene Gaia Turina
May 31, 2013 Irene Gaia Turina rated it really liked it
1978. La dittatura è appena terminata. Autobiografia, libro di memorie, romanzo fantastico,romanzo di transizione (della protagonista, dell'autrice e della Spagna del tempo). Questo è decisamente un romanzo postmoderno e come tale deve essere letto. Ci troviamo di fronte ad uno stream of consciousness che occupa l'intero libro. Per alcuni potrà essere un po' indigesto. Meglio prepararsi. La protagonista accoglie a casa sua un uomo misterioso, vestito di nero e con degli strani occhi "scintillant ...more
Noelia
Sep 28, 2016 Noelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lecturas-2016
Es una historia extraña donde uno no puede distinguir la realidad del sueño. Un libro que surge de un encuentro (o una charla) en la noche con un completo o hipotético desconocido que no sabemos si realmente ocurrió como se pinta. Es una historia que no tiene ni principio ni fin.
Simona Bartolotta
Apr 19, 2016 Simona Bartolotta rated it it was ok
Shelves: 1900, ebooks, in-spanish
"La literatura es un desafío a la lógica" continúa diciendo, "no un refugio contra la incertidumbre."

"Literature is a challenge to logic" he said then, "not a refuge against uncertainty."

•I adore this type of narration, with frequent flashbacks interposed with present life, and just to make the whole thing more intriguing still, in The Back Room it is never clear if the protagonist is truly awake or rather dreaming to begin with. What made it hard for me to get into the book was a certain lack o
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Rossana
Feb 22, 2012 Rossana rated it really liked it
Escrito con una forma maravillosa a lo borguiano en donde no se sabe que es ficción y que no.
Cuenta la época de la Guerra Civil Española al igual que la posguerra de una manera femenina, cotidiana y poética. Lo recomiendo altamente para aquellas que aman los libros escritos por grandes mujeres así como la historia y literatura española
Daniel Carlander
Jul 20, 2016 Daniel Carlander rated it liked it
Excelente literatura, trama aburrida
Ana
Oct 09, 2016 Ana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college, 2016
Ni siquiera sé qué pensar del libro una vez que lo he acabado...
David
Sep 28, 2016 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though a little tough to follow at times, this is some excellent writing. The framework bits are as intriguing and hard to keep a hold of as the memories are delightfully rich. It's an odd one, but very cool.
Ada
Nov 15, 2015 Ada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sí, al principio puede costar un poco meterse de lleno en la lectura. Sí, puede parecernos que lo que nos está contando Carmen Martín Gaite no tiene mucho sentido al principio. Pero al avanzar un poco el libro engancha. Es cierto que, quizás, para entender del todo la obra hay que conocer un poco de la obra y del contexto de la autora; pero eso se soluciona rápido gracias a la maravilla de internet.
Estamos ante un libro escrito tras la muerte de Franco en el que se relatan de una forma muy orig
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Bailey Shier
Feb 10, 2017 Bailey Shier rated it liked it
Very interesting read. A different way of telling the history of Spain during and after the dictatorship years.
Jess Shanks
It's not that this was a bad book or anything, but it was difficult to follow. There were so many flashbacks without any warning, or old dialogues just popping up in the protagonist's head, that you never really knew what was actually happening (between C. and the man in black), flashback, or just random sentences going through her head. I understand that the point of this book is to blend the line between reality and fantasy, which I did enjoy, I just think a reason why I was a little more lost ...more
Kristin
Apr 06, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for a class on the Spanish Civil War, and I am completely in love with it. It was amazing, fantastical literature. It would definitely help to have at least a small background on the war and post-war life in Spain, as the main character refers a lot Franco's regime and the social life in Spain. Once you get moving with the first few pages, I found it impossible to stop reading. This book is so surreal and so passionate. I loved the themes of order versus chaos, Franco versus Car ...more
Nelson Gtz
Aug 06, 2015 Nelson Gtz rated it liked it
Una analogía adecuada para la situación novelesca, un funámbulo (El cuarto de atrás) caminando por la cuerda floja (narrativa y literatura española) y creando un punto de equilibrio por medio de la pértiga (lo fantástico), ladeando por un lado hacia lo insólito (la cajita dorada) o, para el otro lado lo maravilloso (la obra escrita por medio del nuevo sistema, que al ser descrito era el sombrero el escribiente).
Maria
Nov 25, 2008 Maria rated it liked it
Stream of conciousness, but not quite dream like, more akin to Proust than Woolfe, thoughts and action, past present flow together when a mysterious stranger visits. I really enjoyed this trip through the halls of illusory memory, i was frustrated by the end. So much subtlety to it, and implication. The three stars are really only sour grapes.
Roberto Ortiz
Aug 16, 2011 Roberto Ortiz rated it it was ok
Boring, not engaging at all, the language is very pretentious and the plot is all scattered around in a non meaningful approachable way.

Worst piece of pseudo intellectual literature I have read in a while. Stay away from it.
Cheryl
Aug 06, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very reminiscent of Isabel Allende's work: an autobiographical novel that has a fierce political backdrop, embraces feminism and the maturation of woman, and incorporates magical realism (which possibly aids in diluting the narrator's descriptions of the fascist Franco regime).
Roberto Andrés Lantadilla
El Cuarto de Atràs rappresenta la vita della scrittrice e i suoi pensieri nel modo più veritiero possibile: attraverso il caso. In effetti, tutto il libro può essere considerato un elogio al azar, allo spontaneo fluire di immagini, ricordi, sentimenti.
Almudena Aguirre
Maravilloso

Maravilloso

Un libro maravilloso, cada palabra está delicadamente elegida. Los distintos estratos de la realidad, con sus recuerdos, y sus historias. Una delicia.
Erin
Feb 22, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
20th Century Spanish Novel class w/ John Rosenberg.

I also did my master's thesis (1999) on this book: "The Discourse of Tension Hosted by Popularized Chaos Theory and Carmen Martín Gaite's El cuarto de atrás."
Restless
Aug 17, 2016 Restless rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
BEST. NOVEL. EVER. EVER.
Alex
May 03, 2013 Alex marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spain
Well, this looks weird.
Katie Stafford
Feb 10, 2010 Katie Stafford rated it liked it
This book is good, but could have been way better. The original postmodern narrating style just didn't do anything for me.
Patricia
Jun 18, 2007 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A partly fantastical, partly historical memoir of growing up in Spain during the Civil War and early Franco years.
Sam
Nov 10, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-lit, spanish
Wonderful story (historiographic metafiction) about the process of writing a novel. She recalls life during the dictatorship and her childhood before the Civil War.
Maia
Nov 29, 2009 Maia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A woman writer chronicles her history and the changes to the back room she grew up in through difficult times in Spain. A mysterious man dressed in black listens to her tale.
Suicidekitty
Mar 28, 2013 Suicidekitty rated it liked it
<<...cuando todo se pone en contra de uno, lo mejor es inventar, como hizo Robinson.>>
Kate S
I wanted to like this book better. I think there may have been some of the magic lost in translation. I only got a glimmer of the dreamlike story this book wanted to portray.
Gretchen
Apr 02, 2013 Gretchen rated it really liked it
This was a fast read, but also a bit confusing. The author dedicates the book to Lewis Carroll and by the end of it I understand why.
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Carmen Martín Gaite nació en Salamanca el 8 de diciembre de 1925. Se licenció en Filosofía y Letras en la Universidad de Salamanca, donde conoció a Ignacio Aldecoa y a Agustín García Calvo. En esa universidad tuvo además su primer contacto con el teatro participando como actriz en varias obras. Colaboró en varias revistas como Trabajos y Días en Salamanca y Revista Nueva en Madrid.

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“Yo pensaba que también podía ser heroico escaparse por gusto, sin más, por amor a la libertad y a la alegría—no a la alegría impuesta oficial y mesurada, sino a la carcajada y a la canción que brotan de una fuente cuyas aguas nadie canaliza.” 7 likes
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