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December 5, 2020 at 10:23 pm #13951Elizabeth JanetteGuest
The Passion According to G.H.
by Clarice Lispector, Ronald W. Sousa
- Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
- Genres: fiction, brazil, classics, novels, philosophy, literature, womens
- Language: english
- Author: Clarice Lispector, Ronald W. Sousa
- Format: paperback, 184 pages
- ISBN: 9780816617128 (0816617120)
- Release date: September 15, 1988
About The Book
Aficionados of South American fiction as well as literary critics will welcome this posthumous translation of a nearly plotless novel by one of Brazil’s foremost writers. Availing herself of a single character, Lispector transforms a banal situation — a woman at home, alone — into an amphitheater for philosophical investigations. The first-person narration jousts with language, playfully but forcefully examining the ambiguous nature of words, with results ranging from the profound to the pretentious: “Prehuman divine life is a life of singeing nowness” or “The world interdepended with me, and I am not understanding what I say, never! never again shall I understand what I say. For how will I be able to speak without the word lying for me?” These linguistic games frame existential and experiential crises that Lispector savors and overcomes. Although this idiosyncratic novel will not have wider appeal, those with academic or markedly erudite tastes should find much to savour.
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