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Part of the Peter Owen World Series: Spain

Winner of:
Premio Nacional de Narrativa (2016)
Premio de la Critica Española (2016)
Premio Dulce Chacón (2016)

'Best Books of the Year, 2015':
La Vanguardia
El Cultural
Babelia
ABC

An award-winning collection of six Gothic and uncanny stories from one of Europe’s most celebrated contemporary writers of short fiction. Suffused with the chilling tones of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber and the psychological intensity of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train, Cubas turns the everyday fantasies of her female characters into nightmare, delusion and paranoia. 

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 and suspenseful short stories is a very unpleasant surprise.


Translated from the Spanish by Kathryn Phillips-Miles and Simon Deefholts

‘There is mystery almost from the first sentence of every story. Each detail shatters our inertia and forces us to reappraise a shifting panorama.’ – El Pais
'Masterfully blends the commonplace with the fantastic, achieving the essence and vitality inherent in the best examples of this literary genre.' – Selection Panel, Premio Nacional de Literatura
'Cubas’ stories create one of the most extraordinary universes in contemporary literature, where the commonplace and the unexpected, normality and the unexplainable intertwine to offer a singular vision of human experience.' – ABC


CRISTINA FERNÁNDEZ CUBAS (b. 1945) is a Spanish author renowned for her short fiction. Since the publication of her first collection of stories, Mi hermana Elba in 1980, she has stood out as a master of the form. She received the Premio de la Critica Española and Premio Nacional de Narrativa for her latest collection of short stories, La habitación de Nona (Nona's Room), published in 2015. Her works have been translated into several languages.


Bibliographic Data
Date Published May 2017
ISBN Number 9780720619539
Pages 220

Nona's Room

  • £9.99


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