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The Back Room
A writer, based on the author herself, has no motivation nor inspiration lately. She receives an unexpected visit from a man in black, who claims to be a journalist with whom she had arranged an interview. He is a very ambiguous and disturbing character, whose name is never revealed and about whom we learn too little. They both engage in a lasting conversation which dominates the novel and submerges the protagonist into her likes and dislikes, but mos...