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Clarice Lispector (1920–1977)

Author of The Hour of the Star

135+ Works 9,043 Members 195 Reviews 59 Favorited

About the Author

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 show more 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) show less
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Works by Clarice Lispector

The Hour of the Star (1986) 2,050 copies
The Passion According to G.H. (1964) 1,130 copies
Near to the Wild Heart (1943) 888 copies
The Complete Stories (2015) 833 copies
Family Ties (1960) 415 copies
A Breath of Life (1978) 285 copies
The Apple in the Dark (1961) 255 copies
The Chandelier (1946) 207 copies
The Besieged City (1949) 152 copies
The Foreigh Legion (1964) 149 copies
Felicidade Clandestina (1901) 123 copies
Discovering the World (1992) 108 copies
Soulstorm (1989) 89 copies
A Vida Intima de Laura (1974) — Author — 43 copies
Para não esquecer (1978) 38 copies
Clarice Na Cabeceira (2009) 35 copies
Almost True (1978) 32 copies
Correio feminino (2006) 24 copies
Só para Mulheres (2003) 18 copies
Silencio (1988) 17 copies
De corpo inteiro (1975) 10 copies
Music & Literature No. 4 (2014) 8 copies
Other Writings (2005) 8 copies
Os Melhores Contos (1995) 6 copies
Aber es wird regnen (2020) 6 copies
Queridas mías (2010) 5 copies
En estado de viaje (2014) 4 copies
Aprendendo a Viver (2015) 3 copies
EL TIEMPO (2013) 3 copies
Novelas II (2021) 2 copies
Brasilia : fem dagar (1998) 2 copies
Le passioni e i legami (2013) 2 copies
Brev i urval (2020) 2 copies
Un ser llamado Regina (2017) 2 copies
38 Livres 1 copy
Quelonios Brasil (2014) 1 copy
Meduza : roman (2018) 1 copy
Love 1 copy

Associated Works

Curtain: Poirot's Last Case (1975) — Translator, some editions — 4,473 copies
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contributor — 1,136 copies
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Contributor — 213 copies
The Eye of the Heart: Short Stories from Latin America (1973) — Contributor — 155 copies
A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes: Stories from Latin America (1991) — Contributor — 148 copies
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Contributor — 132 copies
Other Fires: Short Fiction by Latin American Women (1985) — Contributor — 122 copies
Magical Realist Fiction: An Anthology (1984) — Contributor — 113 copies
The Vintage Book of Latin American Stories (2000) — Contributor — 105 copies
The Oxford Book of Latin American Short Stories (1997) — Contributor — 105 copies
Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (2003) — Contributor — 51 copies
Found in Translation (2018) — Contributor, some editions — 36 copies
One World of Literature (1992) — Contributor — 24 copies
Em família — Contributor — 8 copies
The Literary Horse: Great Modern Stories About Horses (1995) — Contributor — 6 copies
Erotica: racconti di amore e sesso al femminile (1992) — Author — 3 copies
Palabras de mujer — Contributor — 2 copies
Pět brazilských novel — Contributor — 1 copy

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Canonical name
Lispector, Clarice
Other names
Lispector, Chaya Pinkhasovna (birth)
Birthdate
1920-12-10
Date of death
1977-12-09
Burial location
Jewish Cemetery of Caju, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gender
female
Nationality
Brazil (naturalized 1943)
Birthplace
Chechelnyk, Ukraine
Place of death
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cause of death
ovarian cancer
Places of residence
Chechelnyk, Ukraine
Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Naples, Italy
Bern, Switzerland (show all 8)
Torquay, England, UK
Washington, D.C., USA
Education
Law School of the University of Brazil
Ginásio Pernambucano, Brazil
Colégio Hebreo-Idisch-Brasileiro, Recife, Brazil
Occupations
novelist
short-story writer
children's book author
teacher
reporter
translator
Relationships
Lispector, Elisa (sister)
Awards and honors
Gra'a Aranha Prize (1944)
Short biography
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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Reviews

I’ve tried to write this review several times but none were satisfactory. I’ve decided there are too many interesting facets of Lispector’s story to include and do justice to in a short review; that it is better to keep it simple and instead urge people to read it for themselves. This is the first novel I’ve read by Clarice Lispector but I am eager to read many more; she has a powerful and unique voice.
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The Hour of the Star is a tale of a girl called Macabéa who has every reason to be unhappy, but isn’t. At the hands of a cruel fate, she ploughs on, oblivious to how sad her life is, listening to the radio clock and drinking coca-cola. We are touched by both her innocence and ignorance; through her pitiful existence we contemplate our own humility and gratefulness for what we have, as well as how we treat others who have less than ourselves. For such a short book, it encapsulates a lot of life and the human condition. This is a book and a character that will leave an impression - highly recommended!… (more)
 
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Dzaowan | 66 other reviews | Feb 15, 2024 |
Ainda vou a meio, mas muito feliz com a escolha de leitura. Estas crónicas de Lispector são uma maravilha da liberdade de pensamento e da exposição aberta e clara sobre os seus pensamentos íntimos sobre quase tudo.
Um Grande retrato sobre Brasília.
O que me desperta mais interesse neste livro é a sua escrita livre e descontraída. Fico fascinado.
 
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jpedro_1966 | Jan 23, 2024 |
I struggled with this book. I tried hard to understand it. I just didn't.
 
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Kalapana | 20 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
Lançado postumamente, em 1978, Quase de verdade tem como protagonista a força da fantasia e do pensamento na transfiguração da “realidade”. Ao lado de Água viva (1973), A hora da estrela (1977) e Um sopro de vida (1978), obras destinadas ao público adulto, o infantojuvenil se caracteriza pela radicalização do mergulho na linguagem e do questionamento de conceitos como realidade/fantasia, verdade/mentira, normalidade/mágica. “Pois não é que vou latir uma história que até parece de mentira e até parece de verdade?”, diz o narrador, Ulisses, que assegura: “sou um cachorro quase normal. Ah, esqueci de dizer que sou um cachorro mágico: adivinho tudo pelo cheiro: Isto se chama ter faro.” Nesta obra, marcada pelo traço autobiográfico, a história que Ulisses “late” para sua dona, Clarice, é apenas o ponto de partida para o mergulho num mundo fantástico. Com vontade de “ganhar muito dinheiro”, uma figueira invejosa “que não dá figos” traça um plano para obrigar galinhas a colocarem ovos continuamente. Ajudada por uma bruxa, a árvore consegue ficar acesa todas as noites, como se o sol batesse nas suas folhas. As galinhas, “pensando que era sempre dia”, passam a produzir ovos sem descanso. No entanto, as aves decidem se rebelar e “exigir seus direitos”. Estrategicamente, se posicionam no alto dos galhos da figueira “ditatorial”, a fim de que os ovos se quebrem ao caírem no chão. Por fim, o plano se frustra, o feitiço acaba e a paz retorna ao galinheiro.… (more)
 
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