Too Much of Life: The Complete Crônicas


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About the Author

Clarice Lispector (1920-1977), a Ukrainian-born Brazilian, has been called one of the most important writers of the twentieth century.
Margaret Jull Costa has been translating Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American fiction for over twenty years. She won the translator's portion of the 1997 IMPAC Award for Javier Marías' Heart So White and the 2006 Premio Valle-Inclán for her translation of the first volume of his trilogy Your Face Tomorrow: Fever and Spear.


In 1967, Brazil's leading newspaper asked the avant-garde writer Lispector to write a weekly column on any topic she wished. For almost seven years, Lispector showed Brazilian readers just how vast and passionate her interests were... Indeed, these columns should establish her as being among the era's most brilliant essayists. She is masterful, even reminiscent of Montaigne, in her ability to spin the mundane events of life into moments of clarity that reveal greater truths. Superb, wonderfully obsessed with exuberance and what it unlocks and reveals.-- "Publishers Weekly"
One might have thought that so stern a 'new novelist' would scorn the chatty style required. Far from it: she discovered her own extraordinary idiom-intimate, revelatory, mystifactory. This long flirtation with her readers was a triumphant metamorphosis for the avant garde author.--Lorna Sage "Times Literary Supplement"
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 fluttering soul-storm. Her crônicas 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?-- "The Paris Review"
Clarice Lispector had a diamond-hard intelligence, a visionary instinct, and a sense of humor that veered from naïf wonder to wicked comedy....She attempts to capture what it is to think our existence as we are in it--in the 'marvelous scandal, ' as Lispector puts it, of life. An astounding body of work that has no real corollary inside literature or outside it.--Rachel Kushner "Bookforum"