Brazilian literary royalty, Lispector is probably best known to English readers for her wonderful final novel The Hour of the Star. Though that one is certainly the most quickly accessible novel, this one is my favorite. A slow-burning blend of Kafkan menace and non-Western mysticism, Lispector's depiction of a woman pushed to her psychological limits, and then what happens spiritually just beyond those limits, is profound in every way. Religiously and philosophically tinged fiction at its best. (Also, Idra Novey's new translation is a poetic joy.)
A new edition of Clarice Lispector s final masterpiece, now with a vivid introduction by Colm To ibi n.