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A lovingly and painstakingly written study of a stunningly rewarding yet still under-appreciated writer - certainly in the anglophone world despite a flurry of recent translations. Moser is sensitive to the multiple dimensions of Lispector's life and work, and his attention to its context - whether in terms of her fraught family origin in Eastern Europe during a dark period of history post World War One or the chaotic politics of mid 20th century Brazil - is exemplary. I felt at times the book is a little repetitive and under-edited. Still, an absorbing read & has certainly enhanced my reading of - and my empathy for - the subject herself.
An interesting introduction to the life of Lispector - at times it spends too long on details of Brazilian and other politics which makes it somewhat uneven - Moser can be repetitive on CL's thought and philosophy, with multi-page quotations from her texts and too much storytelling rather than analysis - so not a scholarly or critical assessment but it's useful to a new reader, as I am, to have so much background material collected together here, including extracts from letters, interviews, and the writings of Lispector's sister, friends and colleagues.
A passionate biography of a woman who was extremely fascinating and hermetic. Her words touched me and transformed how to observe the female world by the perspective of someone who is experienced and don’t regret anything that about feelings.
This is Benjamin Moser's first biography, and here he demonstrates his innovative and thorough method of reading through the writer's published work and disjecta membra to create an approximation of her mental state, anguished and redolent with guilt while having to put on the happy, gracious face of a diplomat's wife. Anyone who imagines Latin American literature as alien and provincial will find Lispector's writing to be anything but, and Benjamin Moser's attention to the quotidian detail of her life answers the question posed by the book's title (Why This World? So Lispector could write about it!) Moser follows Lispector from her early childhood, when her family’s "civilized" world devolved into the horror of war and then Holocaust, to a life of (apparent) ease in Brazil, a land of vast social disparity, which the writer’s family found itself at the top of, along with the country’s benevolent dictators. This account of a sensibility undimmed by humanity's never-ending tendencies to commit atrocities on scales large or small, is well worth reading, along with Lispector’s creepy, touching, amazing novels and stories.
An authoress that was unknown to me ,but now an intriguing person, one of those people who make you think. An individual who sees the world from a different perspective. Always worthwhile to read any biography and their resultant works. Read it, and begin a journey .