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[Lispector] left behind an astounding body of work that has no real corollary inside literature or outside it.

—Rachel Kushner, Bookforum

A new translation by Ida Novey


The Passion According to G.H.

Fiction by Clarice Lispector

translated from the Portugese by Idra Novey

The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector's mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid's room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door — crushing the cockroach — and then watches it die. At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuinely shocking scene in brazilian literature…

published June 13th, 2012
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