Clarice Lispector: Brazil’s Virginia Woolf

Brenda Cronin, Wall Street Journal, 8/11/2015

In Clarice Lispector’s stories, civilization is perilously close to unraveling. In “Beauty and the Beast or The Enormous Wound,” a Rio banker’s wife fresh from the beauty salon at the Copacabana Palace Hotel feels murderous urges toward the beggar she encounters while awaiting her chauffeur.

Clarice Lispector at home in Rio de Janeiro, circa 1973 PHOTO: BENJAMIN MOSER/NEW DIRECTIONS

Clarice Lispector at home in Rio de Janeiro, circa 1973 PHOTO: BENJAMIN MOSER/NEW DIRECTIONS

In “Love,” a housewife heading home with her groceries is undone by the sight of a blind man chewing gum on a tram. In “Happy Birthday,” the 89-year-old guest of honor isn’t a sugary grandmother but rather a seething matriarch who quietly rages at her offspring and deliberately shocks them by spitting during a family party.

Read More… 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s