Lispector’s signature narrative style, which borders on stream-of-consciousness, is the vehicle for Virginia’s existential dilemmas and her observations about a world from which she often seems removed. The Chandelier includes all the earmarks of Lispector’s other work, too: a deep anguish, a search for the heart of human existence, and the unbearable weight of a solitude that is imperative to ultimate freedom.

Americas Quarterly

Now, for the first time in English we have Clarice Lispector’s second novel—a radical part of what made her a Brazilian legend

The Chandelier

Fiction by Clarice Lispector

Translated from the Portugese by Benjamin Moser Magdalena Edwards

Fresh from the enormous success of her debut novel Near to the Wild Heart, Hurricane Clarice let loose something stormier with The Chandelier. In a body of work renowned for its potent idiosyncratic genius, The Chandelier in many ways has pride of place.“It stands out,”her biographer Benjamin Moser noted, “in a strange and difficult body of work, as perhaps her strangest and most difficult book.” Of glacial intensity, consisting almost entirely of interior monologues—interrupted by odd and jarring fragments of dialogue and action—the novel moves in slow waves that crest in moments of revelation. As Virginia seeks freedom via creation, the drama of her isolated life is almost entirely internal: from childhood, she sculpts clay figurines with “the best clay one could desire: white, supple, sticky, cold. She got a clear and tender material from which she could shape a world. How, how to explain the miracle …” While on one level simply the story of a woman’s life, The Chandelier’s real drama lies in Lispector’s attempt “to find the nucleus made of a single instant … the tenuous triumph and the defeat, perhaps nothing more than breathing.” The Chandelier pushes Lispector’s lifelong quest for that nucleus into deeper territories than any of her other amazing works.

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Paperback (published March 27, 2018)

ISBN
9780811223133
Price US
26.95
Price CN
35.95
Trim Size
5 x 8
Page Count
304

Ebook (published March 27, 2018)

ISBN
9780811226707

Clarice Lispector

20th-century Brazilian writer

Lispector’s signature narrative style, which borders on stream-of-consciousness, is the vehicle for Virginia’s existential dilemmas and her observations about a world from which she often seems removed. The Chandelier includes all the earmarks of Lispector’s other work, too: a deep anguish, a search for the heart of human existence, and the unbearable weight of a solitude that is imperative to ultimate freedom.

Americas Quarterly

Lispector’s second novel is a breathless, dizzying and multi­sensory dive into the mind…The first English translation of The Chandelier is a major event, offering the anglophone world an insight into Lispector’s early grappling with the shapes and rhythms of thought. 

The Times Literary Supplement

It’s a shaggy stop-motion masterpiece, plotless and argument-less and obsessed with the nature of thought….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

[L]yrical, sensual, philosophical…gorgeous, unsettling prose…

The Nation

A vulnerable and moving performance—with a heart-stopping payoff….an undeniable quantity of genius.

—Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

The Chandelier is not a book to be read at a fast pace, but rather one to be slowly sipped and savored, a few pages at a time—one that forces us to find other modes of reading, of approaching literature, committed to finding the pleasures of the text.

—Christina Soto van der Plas, Los Angeles Review of Books

The Chandelier is an extraordinary book.

—Reinaldo Laddaga, 4Columns

The Chandelier will reward those who enjoy challenging works about the power of the mind and about how we might grow up—without destroying who we have been, without fearing who we might come to be.

—Nick Oxford, Music & Literature

This is a haunting family fable, and will fascinate those seeking a glimpse at Lispector’s genius in development.

Publishers Weekly

Lispector’s signature brilliance lies in the minutely observed gradations of her characters’ feelings and of their elusive, half-formed thoughts.

Kirkus (starred)

Better than Borges.

—Elizabeth Bishop

One of the twentieth century’s most mysterious writers.

—Orhan Pamuk

Utterly original and brilliant, haunting and disturbing.

—Colm Tóibín