Why This World, A Biography of Clarice Lispector

Why This World, A Biography of Clarice Lispector

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Baker & Taylor
Uses previously unknown manuscripts and numerous interviews to explore the life and work of the Brazilian author.

Oxford University Press
"That rare person who looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf," Clarice Lispector is one of the most popular but least understood of Latin American writers. Now, after years of research on three continents, drawing on previously unknown manuscripts and dozens of interviews, Benjamin Moser demonstrates how Lispector's development as a writer was directly connected to the story of her turbulent life. Born in the nightmarish landscape of post-World War I Ukraine, Clarice became, virtually from adolescence, a person whose beauty, genius, and eccentricity intrigued Brazil. Why This World tells how this precocious girl, through long exile abroad and difficult personal struggles, matured into a great writer. It also asserts, for the first time, the deep roots in the Jewish mystical tradition that make her the true heir to Kafka as well as the unlikely author of "perhaps the greatest spiritual autobiography of the twentieth century." From Chechelnik to Recife, from Naples and Berne to Washington and Rio de Janeiro, Why This World strips away the mythology surrounding this extraordinary figure and shows how Clarice Lispector transformed one woman's struggles into a universally resonant art.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780195385564
Branch Call Number: 869.3x LISPE MOSER
Characteristics: viii, 479 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Apr 26, 2013

O.K. this is the book of the year for me. Entering the world of a dedicated, and somewhat tortured, artist who I have never heard of before. My world has been expanded, and I am so impressed by the biographer's work. I will have to let a little time go by to assimilate this experience before I actually dare to approach Lispector's works.


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