Covert Joy: Selected Stories

Clarice Lispector

The Complete Stories is bound to become a kind of bedside Bible or I Ching for readers of Lispector, both old and new.

Valeria Luiselli, Publishers Weekly (starred review)

From the massive treasure house of her hugely successful Complete Stories, gathered here are the most glittering gems of Clarice Lispector’s short fiction

Available Oct, 01 2024

Covert Joy: Selected Stories

Fiction by Clarice Lispector

Translated from Portuguese by Katrina Dodson

With a contribution by Rachel Kushner

This radiant selection of Clarice Lispector’s best and best-loved stories includes such familiar favorites as “The Smallest Woman in the World,” “Love,” “Family Ties,” and “The Egg and the Chicken.” Lispector’s luminous regard for life’s small revelatory incidents is legendary, and here her genius is concentrated in a fizzing, portable volume. Covert Joy offers the particular bliss a book can bring that she expresses in the title story:

Joy would always be covert for me. . . Sometimes I’d sit in the hammock, swinging with the book open on my lap, not touching it, in the purest ecstasy. I was no longer a girl with a book: I was a woman with her lover.

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Paperback(published Oct, 01 2024)

ISBN
9780811238878
Price US
19.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
160
Portrait of Clarice Lispector

Clarice Lispector

20th-century Brazilian writer

The Complete Stories is bound to become a kind of bedside Bible or I Ching for readers of Lispector, both old and new.

Valeria Luiselli, Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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

Lispector reads with lively intelligence and is terrifically funny. Language, for her, was the self’s light.

Lorrie Moore

Every page vibrates with feeling. It’s not enough to say that Lispector bends language or uses words in new ways. Plenty of modernists do that. No one else writes prose this rich.

Lily Meyer, NPR