Cristina Fernández Cubas: Nona’s Room

Spanish Literary Translation-peter-owen-logo    Istros books

“In these six elegant stories she’s most interested in the ambiguities and periodic disturbances that plague the imagination, and reports on them with the appropriate sense of awe, even of dread. In the territory of the imagination, the threat of madness is never too far away, a dark cloud hovering.”

– Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times.

A young girl who is envious of the attention given to her sister has a brutal awakening. A young woman, facing eviction, puts her trust in an old lady who invites her into her home. A mature woman spends the night in a hotel in Madrid and falls into a time warp… Nona’s Room, the latest offering from one of Spain’s finest contemporary writers, takes us through a glass darkly into a world where things are never quite what they seem. Lurking in each of these six chilling short stories is a very unpleasant surprise.

Premio Nacional de Narrativa (2016)
Premio de la Critica Española (2016)

Premio Dulce Chacón (2016)

First published in Spanish as La habitación de Nona in 2016. Translated from the Spanish by Kathryn Phillips-Miles and Simon Deefholts.

Available here from Romancero Books


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