- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: New Directions (Nov. 5 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811213404
- ISBN-13: 978-0811213400
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Selected Cronicas Paperback – Nov 5 1996
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Selected Crônicas gathers the newspaper columns of the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. This collection captures Lispector's gifted voice and supplies a view of Brazil from her childhood, after her Ukrainian parents emigrated there, until the last of her columns in 1973. The stories in this volume are colored with childhood memories and a belief in the redemptive promise of justice. Brazilian newspapers have a history of intellectual journalism, although the period during which Lispector wrote these crônicas was defined by military dictatorship, censorship of the press, and political repression. It was also a time of rapid economic growth, and amid these varied pressures, she played the role of conscience, reminding her readers of unshakeable memories and unmovable truths. What Lispector had to say could only be conveyed in a literary manner for the most pragmatic of reasons, but her delightful stories suggest it was the best means no matter what she had been permitted.
From Publishers Weekly
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. This beautifully translated collection of selected columns, or cronicas, is just as immediately stimulating today and ably reinforces her reputation as one of Brazil's greatest writers. 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. Collections of columns often tend to be choppy, but her honesty creates an overall narrative that holds all the incidents, memories, anecdotes and observations together. The effect is novelistic, a blend of insight, poetic detail and craftsmanship. A number of themes pervade the book. Chief among them is her attempt to describe the state of grace. For her, it is "only a tiny aperture which allows us to glimpse a sort of tranquil Paradise" as well as "the lucidity of those who are no longer surmising." She is just as adept with the humorous, particularly her encounters with taxi drivers and the horrors of killing cockroaches that "crawl up the pipes while weary humans dream." Love, too, is examined and compared to the flamenco dance, in which "the rivalry between a man and a woman becomes so naked." This is a superb collection, wonderfully obsessed with exuberance and what it unlocks and reveals.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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