• The cover of the book Nada

    Nada

    A haunted house doesn’t necessarily need a ghost, a demon, or some other restless spirit to be scary. In Carment Laforet’s novel Nada, the house into which the protagonist moves is cluttered to an unreal extent, with members of her extended family stewing over old grudges and a general sense of ruin and stagnation. Mysterious sounds resound through the space, as though the sublimated emotions of the house’s residents have taken up refuge in the walls. And given that Nada is set during the Spanish Civil War, leaving the house provides little respite.