Saturday, January 30, 2010
Why You Should Know Clarice Lispector
I must say I knew nothing about Clarice until I read this article. Now I am very interested,
That unexpected encounter brought me friends I never would have met and took me to places I never would have seen. Yes, the same would have been true with Russian or Arabic or Greek: every new culture brings its food, its music, its beaches. But what Portuguese gave me that nothing else could have was Brazil’s great mystic writer, Clarice Lispector, a person so dazzling that she was reputed to be that rare woman who looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf.
She came to Brazil by way of Ukraine, and adopted Portuguese as her literary language.
For those curious, here is The Passion According to G.H.