Complete Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 27 August 2015
Lispector reads with lively intelligence and is terrifically funny. Language, for her, was the self's light -- Lorrie Moore
An emblematic twentieth-century artist who belongs in the same pantheon as Kafka and Joyce -- Edmund White
Lispector's Complete Stories is a remarkable book, proof that she was - in the company of Jorge Luis Borges, Juan Rulfo and her 19th-century countryman Machado de Assis - one of the true originals of Latin American literature ― New York Times
Plenty of writers inspire fierce devotion in their readers... but no one converts the uninitiated into devout believers as suddenly and as vertiginously as Clarice Lispector, the Latin American visionary, Ukrainian-Jewish mystic, and middle-class housewife and mother so revered by her Brazilian fans that she's known by a single name: "Clarice"... You will not be disappointed if you read The Complete Stories. It might even become your bible ― New Republic
Translated beautifully and with a vigorous pulse by Katrina Dodson, The Complete Stories is bound to become a kind of bedside Bible or I Ching for readers of Lispector, both old and new. Wherever one opens the book, there is a slice of life to confront. In one of her later stories Lispector recalls the writer Sergio Porto, her friend, who was once asked by a stewardess on a plane if he wanted coffee. To which he replied: "I'll take everything I have a right to." We can approach this volume in a similar spirit: take everything ― Publishers Weekly
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- Publisher : Penguin Classics (27 August 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 672 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0141197382
- ISBN-13 : 978-0141197388
- Item Weight : 380 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #147,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've had it a year now and read them all in 4 weeks, whilst reading other things. I got to the stage I wanted to savour each story and for the collection not to end, so I slowed down the rate I was reading them. They are really nothing like anything I'd read before, and I've read very widely, especially short stories. They are unusual, although not as unusual as her novels. The language and imagery are incredible and not of a style that I'd found before in native English stories. How much of that is down to the translation, I don't know. There are elements that remind me of Elizabeth Bowen, and William Maxwell and a sense of patience at times that is like Marilynne Robinson. So perhaps if you like those writers, you might like this.
The stories are full of acute insights into human character and those moments when you go, "Oh, I feel that." I wish I was better at reviews, but I'm just an enthusiast - to the extent I now have a framed picture of her in my house.
I'd never heard of her until there was a feature on her in Paris Review in summer 2019 but she was and is a huge figure in Brazilian literature.
Apologies if you buy it and think, "Well this is a load of tosh." But on the other hand, if you love it too, they're amazing aren't they?
My detailed review of all these stories is posted elsewhere under my name and is far too big to post here, but above is part of its conclusion.