RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 456549810 LA English T1 Why this world : a biography of Clarice Lispector A1 Moser, Benjamin., PB Oxford University Press PP Oxford; New York YR 2009 SN 9780195385564 019538556X 9780199895823 0199895821 AB "'That rare person who looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf, ' Clarice Lispector is one of the most popular but least understood of Latin American writers. Now, after years of research on three continents, drawing on previously unknown manuscripts and dozens of interviews, Benjamin Moser demonstrates how Lispector's art was directly connected to her turbulent life. Born amidst the horrors of post-World War I Ukraine, Clarice's beauty, genius, and eccentricity intrigued Brazil virtually from her adolescence. Why This World tells how this precocious girl, through long exile abroad and difficult personal struggles, matured into a great writer, and asserts, for the first time, the deep roots in the Jewish mystical tradition that make her both the heir to Kafka and the unlikely author of "perhaps the greatest spiritual autobiography of the twentieth century." From Ukraine to Recife, from Naples and Berne to Washington and Rio de Janeiro, Why This World shows how Clarice Lispector transformed one woman's struggles into a universally resonant art."--Publisher's description.