New Directions Publishing Corporation
November 17, 1996
5.22 X 0.62 X 7.99 inches | 0.54 pounds
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About the Author
Clarice Lispector (1920-1977), the greatest Brazilian writer of the twentieth century, has been called "astounding" (Rachel Kushner), "a penetrating genius" (Donna Seaman, Booklist), and "one of the twentieth century's most mysterious writers" (Orhan Pamuk).
GIOVANNI PONTIERO (1932-1996) was a liteary scholar and translator of Portuguese fiction, including the works of Jose Saramago. His translation of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ was awarded the Teixeira-Gomes Prize.
If she played with the superficial truth, it was in service, she believed, of exposing one deeper, of passing readers a brief-lit lantern for the moonless dark of ourselves, even if that light revealed, sometimes, more contradiction, more chaos, more flittering soul-storm. Her crônicas blurred lines between genre--some are like little Zen koans, some lyrical reminiscences, while others, like "Return to Nature," are harder to categorize, reading like parables or flash fiction. At times, they also muddied demarcations between nonfiction and fiction, resurrecting the oldest question of form: Where does nonfiction truly end and fiction begin, and what do we do with texts where we do not know the answer?