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Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector


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"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.

About the Author

Benjamin Moser is a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine and a contributor to the New York Review of Books and Condé Nast Traveler. His translation of The Hour of the Star inaugurated New Directions' Clarice Lispector series, of which he is the Editor. He lives in the Netherlands.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Sphinx

1: Fun vonen is a yid?

2. That Irrational Something

3. The Average Pogrom

4. The Missing Name

5. Statue of Liberty

6. Griene Gringos

7. The Magical Stories

8. National Melodrama

9.Only for Madmen

10. Flying Down to Rio

11. God Stirs the Waters

12. Straight from the Zoo

13. Hurricane Clarice

14. Trampoline to Victory

15. Naples

16. The Society of Shadows

17. Volume in the Brain

18. The Country of a Thousand Years of Peace

19. The Public Statue

20. The Third Experience

21. Her Empty Necklaces

22. Marble Mausoleum

23. The Intimate Balance

24. Redemption Through Sin

25. The Worst Temptation

26. Belonging to Brazil

27. Better than Borges

28. The Cockroach

29. And Revolution!

30. The Egg Really Is White

31. A Coarse Cactus

32. Possible Dialogues

33. Cultural Terror

34. I Humanized Myself

35. Monstre Sacre

36. The story of instants that flee: Água viva

37. Purged

38. Batuba Jantiram Lecoli

39. Hen in Black Sauce

40. Pornography

41. The Witch

42. The Thing Itself

43. Lispectorian Silence

44. Speaking from the Tomb

45. Our Lady of the Good Death


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Moser, Benjamin
Oxford University Press, USA
Literature/English | World Literature | Latin American
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20 illustrations
5.7 x 8.8 x 1.4 in 1.55 lb

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