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The chandelier

Author: Clarice Lispector; Benjamin Moser; Magdalena Edwards
Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Fresh from the enormous success of her debut novel Near to the Wild Heart, Hurricane Clarice let loose something stormier in 1946 with her second novel, The Chandelier. In a body of work renowned for its potent idiosyncratic genius, The Chandelier in many ways has pride of place. "It stands out," her biographer Benjamin Moser noted, "in a strange and difficult body of work, as perhaps her strangest and most  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Clarice Lispector; Benjamin Moser; Magdalena Edwards
ISBN: 9780811223133 0811223132
OCLC Number: 992576017
Language Note: Portuguese editions published in 1946, 1967, and 1982.
Notes: "A New Directions Book."
"Originally published as O Lustre"--Title page verso.
Description: 313 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Lustre.
Responsibility: Clarice Lispector ; translated from the Portuguese by Benjamin Moser and Magdalena Edwards ; edited by Benjamin Moser.

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"Fresh from the enormous success of her debut novel Near to the Wild Heart, Hurricane Clarice let loose something stormier in 1946 with her second novel, The Chandelier. In a body of work renowned for its potent idiosyncratic genius, The Chandelier in many ways has pride of place. "It stands out," her biographer Benjamin Moser noted, "in a strange and difficult body of work, as perhaps her strangest and most difficult book." Of glacial intensity, consisting almost entirely of interior monologues--interrupted by odd and jarring fragments of dialogue and action--the novel moves in slow waves that crest in moments of revelation. As she seeks freedom via creation, the drama of Virginia's isolated life is almost entirely internal: from childhood, she sculpts clay figurines with "the best clay one could desire: white, supple, sticky, cold. She got a clear and tender material from which she could shape a world. How, how to explain the miracle ..." While on one level simply the story of a woman's life, The Chandelier's real drama lies in Lispector's attempt "to find the nucleus made of a single instant ... the tenuous triumph and the defeat, perhaps nothing more than breathing." The Chandelier pushes Lispector's lifelong quest for that nucleus into deeper territories than any of her amazing works"--

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