Too Much of Life
Clarice Lispector, Margaret Jull Costa, Robin Patterson
A TLS Book of the Year
This exhilarating collection of non-fiction sees one of the greatest twentieth-century writers meditating on the moments that make up a life
‘How did I so unwittingly transform the joy of living into the great luxury of being alive?’
Between 1967 and 1977, the internationally renowned author Clarice Lispector wrote weekly dispatches from her desk in Rio for the Jornal do Brasil. Already famous for her revolutionary, interior, metaphysical novels and short stories, in her Chronicles she turned her attention to the everyday, reshaping the material of her life into profound, touching and funny, tiny revelations.
Observing the world around her, small encounters like hearing tales of the lost loves of a taxi driver, or the bitterness lurking beneath the prettiness of an old friend, become an exposition of the currents and foibles that define our lives. Everything from the meaning of cosmonauts to the new ideas, writers and artists that populate the sparkling international world of the sixties and seventies are considered and transformed into jewels of insight, delight and devastation.
Sincere and playful, exhilarating and contemplative, Too Much of Life: Complete Chronicles opens up a new way of seeing the world.
An emblematic twentieth-century artist who belongs in the same pantheon as Kafka and Joyce -- Edmund White 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" * New Republic * She writes with sensuous verve, bringing her earliest passions into adult life intact, along with a child's undiminished capacity for wonder * The New York Times Book Review *
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