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The Dark Room
Original title: La habitación oscura
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The Dark Room

Original title: La habitación oscura

A group of young people decides to build a ‘dark room’: a closed, silent space that blocks out all light. What begins as something between a game and a transgression takes on new characteristics as they start to confront maturity.

Through the lives of those who enter and exit it over a fifteen year period, we see the rude awakening of a generation that feels defrauded as they reach adulthood. This book is an exploration of the literary possibilities of darkness, but also a profile of a generation: those who confidently believed in the promise of a better future and now find themselves racked by uncertainty and insecurity.

Highlights The Dark Room


A gripping novel that combines the suspense of El país del miedo, the social component of La mano invisible and the writing of El vano ayer.

A generational novel that depicts the experiences of those who have seen their future cut short by the crisis.

A theme of great social relevance: the uncertainty caused by the crisis that has traumatized an entire generation, and a secondary contemporary issue: video surveillance.

One of the most acclaimed writers of his generation, considered by 'El Cultural' of the El Mundo newspaper to be one of the twelve most important writers in contemporary literature.

“Definitely one of the best novels of the year”, Ricardo Senabre, El Cultural.

“Isaac Rosa has established his position in the top rank of writers with The Dark Room, it’s an excellent metaphor for contemporary Spanish society. (…) This is a writer at the height of his stylistic powers (…) Isaac Rosa’s literature achieves a unique kind of playful consciousness” J. M. Pozuelo Yvancos, ABC cultural.

“Excellent proof that literary fiction continues to be both a valid and exact tool with which to interpret and understand unpleasant realities” Fernando Valls, Babelia.

“An excellent novel” Domingo Ródenas, El Periódico de Catalunya.

“The writing spurs fascination, joyful abandonment and intense reflection. Let us congratulate Isaac Rosa on his great novel” Fernando Aramburu, El Cultural.

“Writers (…) of this quality only come along every now and again” Juan Ángel Juristo, Cuarto Poder.

“A lucid portrayal of his generation” Ana Mendoza, Noticias de Navarra.

“One of the most committed writers in the country” Heraldo de Aragón.

“A necessary novel (…) The room grips you” Sergio Sancor, Libros y Literatura Blog.

“Isaac Rosa. The Dark Room. I recommend it very highly.” Àngels Barceló, Cadena Ser.

Rights sold

Wereldbibliotheek (The Netherlands), Homeward Publishing (complex Chinese), Magor Doo Skopje (Macedonia), Christian Bourgois (France), Open Letter (English digital rights).

Options publishers

Klett-Cotta (Germany), Utopija (Serbia), Astor (Sweden).

International editions

Technical data

Publishing date: | ISBN: 978-84-322-2042-5 | Imprint: Seix Barral

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