Lispector had an ability to write as though no one had ever written before. One of the hidden geniuses of the twentieth century, in the same league as Flann O’Brien, Borges, and Pessoa—utterly original and brilliant, haunting and disturbing.
—Colm Tóibín

A romantic love story by the great Brazilian writer

Available April 6, 2021

Apprenticeship, or The Book of Pleasures

Fiction by Clarice Lispector

Translated from the Portuguese by Stefan Tobler

What to make of a writer who follows the metaphysical heights of her great The Passion According to GH with a book that looks suspiciously like a romance novel?

In Apprenticeship, or The Book of Pleasures, Clarice Lispector tries to discover how to even try to bridge the gap between people.

A woman struggles to emerge from solitude and sadness into love, including sexual love: her guide on this journey is Ulisses, who (yes) leads her patiently into the fullness of life. Apprenticeship was a bestseller and, as her biographer Benjamin Moser writes, “This accessible love story surprised many readers. When it came out, an interviewer said: ‘I thought The Book of Pleasures was much easier to read than any of your other books. Do you think there’s any basis for that?’ Clarice answered: ‘There is. I humanized myself, the book reflects that.’”

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ISBN
9780811230612
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
176

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9780811230674

Clarice Lispector

20th-century Brazilian writer

Lispector had an ability to write as though no one had ever written before. One of the hidden geniuses of the twentieth century, in the same league as Flann O’Brien, Borges, and Pessoa—utterly original and brilliant, haunting and disturbing.
—Colm Tóibín
Sphinx, sorceress, sacred monster. The revival of the hypnotic Clarice Lispector has been one of the true literary events of the 21st century.
—Parul Sehgal, The New York Times
A genius on the level of Nabokov.
—Jeff Vandermeer, Slate