Too Much of Life: The Complete Crônicas

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$29.95  $27.85
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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Pages
864
Dimensions
5.37 X 7.97 X 1.96 inches | 1.78 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811226790

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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 "a truly remarkable writer" (Jonathan Franzen). "Her images dazzle even when her meaning is most obscure," noted the Times Literary Supplement, "and when she is writing of what she despises, she is lucidity itself."

Margaret Jull Costa, who has translated Javier Marías and José Saramago, lives in England.

Reviews
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"
For those unfamiliar with her, this book opens a door into her uniquely challenging and rewarding body of work. Stretching over a decade - and across nearly 800 pages - the pieces, some amounting to a few sentences, some many pages long, make up a self-portrait in bits and pieces. The result is, like Lispector herself, witty, mystical, surreal and profound: a treasure to return to again and again.--Madoc Cairns "The Guardian"
No two columns are alike: strands of dialogue, observed scenes, diaristic entries, life advice, even the author admiring herself in the mirror...Too Much of Life is a huge addition to an already impressive collection of evidence that Lispector could transcribe a guestbook and make it interesting.--J. Howard Rosier "Vulture"
[T]his is Clarice Lispector as one-woman chorus and psychic weather forecaster, and the charm, wit and engagement that she brings to her columns transcends barriers.--John Biscello "Riot Material"