A revelation for readers of Clarice Lispector's novels and stories, "Selected Cronicas" presents for the first time in America a new dimension to Brazil's greatest twentieth-century writer. The chronicle, a literary genre peculiar to Brazil, allows poets and novelists to address a wide. readership on any theme they like. Lispector's Saturday column from 1967 to 1973 in Rio's leading newspaper, the "Jornal do Brasil", was, even by Brazilian standards, extraordinarily free-ranging and intimate--astonishingly so to readers of U.S. newspapers. The 156 crônicas collected here--variously taking the form of serialized stories, essays, aphorisms, conversations with taxi drivers, random thoughts, introspective revelations, memories--are endlessly delightful. Her insights make one sit up and think, whether about pets or children or society women or love: "Wrath and hatred are the sorrow of not being able to love"; "Generosity (akin to love) is the very core of our humanity"; "Love can never be a bad thing. But it often turns out to be hatred in disguise."
"One might have thought that so stern a `new novelist' would scorn the chatty style required. Far from it: she discovered her own extraordinary idiom--intimate, revelatory, mystificatory....This long flirtation with her readers was a triumphant metamorphosis for the avant garde author supposedly dead to the world."
Lorna Sage, Times Literary Supplement
"[Lispector's 'Cronicas' are] a fascinating mixture of aphorism and introspection [which] extrapolate the most surprising treatises from the most banal events..."