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Wednesday Jan 27, 2016
Wednesday Jan 27, 2016
The Complete Stories (New Directions) by Clarice Lispector, ed. Benjamin Moster, trans. Katrina Dodson
The recent publication by New Directions of five Lispector novels revealed to legions of new readers her darkness and dazzle. Now, for the first time in English, are all the stories that made her a Brazilian legend: from teenagers coming into awareness of their sexual and artistic powers to humdrum housewives whose lives are shattered by unexpected epiphanies to old people who don't know what to do with themselves. Clarice Lispector's stories take us through their lives and ours.
From one of the greatest modern writers, these stories, gathered from the nine collections published during her lifetime, follow an unbroken time line of success as a writer, from her adolescence to her death bed.
Praise for Clarice Lispector:
"Clarice Lispector had a diamond-hard intelligence, a visionary instinct, and a sense of humor that veered from a naif wonder to wicked comedy."--Rachel Kushner
"Lispector reads with lively intelligence and is terrifically funny. Language, for her, was the self's light."--Lorrie Moore
"The Complete Stories is bound to become a kind of bedside Bible or I Ching for readers of Lispector, both old and new." --Valeria Luiselli
"One of the hidden geniuses of the twentieth century."--Colm Tobin
"The elusive genius who dramatized a fractured interior world in rich, synesthetic prose."--Megan O'Grady
Clarice Lispector was born in 1920 to a Jewish family in western Ukraine. As a result of the anti-Semitic violence they endured, the family fledto Brazil in 1922, and Clarice Lispector grew up in Recife. Following the death of her mother when Clarice was nine, she moved to Rio de Janeiro with her father and two sisters, and she went on to study law. With her husband, who worked for the foreign service, she lived in Italy, Switzerland, England, and the United States, until they separated and she returned to Rio in 1959; she died there in 1977. Since her death, Clarice Lispector has earned universal recognition as Brazil's greatest modern writer.
Katrina Dodson is the translator of The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector. She lives in San Francisco and is finishing a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.
Magdalena Edwards was born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Her thesis on Raúl Zurita's Purgatorio (1979), written while an undergraduate at Harvard, led to a stint with the “Artes & Letras” section of Chile's leading newspaper El Mercurio. She received a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA with a dissertation titled "The Translator's Colors: Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil & Elsewhere." Her work has appeared in the Boston Review, The Paris Review Daily, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Rattle, The Critical Flame, Rewire Me, and The Millions. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband and three small children. More at magdalenaedwards.com.