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Clarice Lispector was born in the Ukraine and was taken to Brazil as a young child. She was a law student, editor, translator, and newswriter, who traveled widely, spending eight years in the United States. "Family Ties" (1960) is a collection of short stories revealing Lispector's existentialist view of life and demonstrating that even family ties and social relationships are temporary. Although tied to each other and to the outside world, the characters are finally totally alone and separate. Lispector received praise from American critics for "The Apple in the Dark" (1967), a novel about a guilt-ridden man's search for the ultimate knowledge (Eve's apple), which he believes will bring him hope. Lispector's books are being translated into various languages in Europe, especially in France, where the critic Helene Cixous is one of her great admirers and a promoter of her works. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Clarice Lispector was born Chaya Pinkhasovna Lispector to a Jewish family in western Ukraine. When she was an infant, her family moved to Brazil. While she studied law at the University of Brazil, she began working as a journalist and publishing short stories. Her first novel, Near to the Wild Heart, won the Graça Aranha Prize for the best debut novel of 1943. She married Maury Gurgel Valente, a diplomat in 1943; they had two sons but later divorced, and Clarice returned to Brazil in 1959.
She died of ovarian cancer at age 57.
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