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Family Ties

Lispector, Clarice

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ISBN 10: 0292724047 / ISBN 13: 9780292724044
Published by University Of Texas Press, 1972
Condition: Very Good.No Dustjacket Hardcover
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Austin. 1972. University Of Texas Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good.No Dustjacket. 30. 156 pages. hardcover. 0292724047. keywords: December 10. inventory # 18088. FROM THE PUBLISHER - Since the publication of her first novel in 1944, Clarice Lispector has been recognized as a Brazilian writer of great talent and originality. It is generally agreed among her critics, however that her best writing is in shorter fiction, where her personal style, with its brilliant flashes of insight, works more coherently. The stories in FAMILY TIES, originally published in 1960, are among her most important contribution to Brazilian fiction, They show her preoccupation with human suffering and failure, and critics have detected in them, as in all of her work, echoes of Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and the French existentialist writers Camus and Sartre. But if her stories are concerned with the metaphysical anguish that results from the sudden recognition of the human condition, which Camus called Absurdity, the reader will find that anguish treated in an original way that reveals the complexity of the experience. The characters created by Clarice Lispector cannot be described as ‘types’, even in a psychological context. They are more appropriately seen as images of different states of mind, and this applies also to her settings, the gardens and parks in ‘Love’ and ‘The Buffalo’, the urban scenes in ‘Preciousness’ and ‘The Daydreams of a Drunk Woman’, and the jungle setting of ‘The smallest Woman in the World’; all exist outside of time and space. Lispector is a writer who is not interested primarily in the individuals and their individual contexts but in the passions that dominate and usually defeat them. Like Sartre and Camus, she subscribes to the acts that acts alone are important - and isolation and violence become the two salient features of human experience. CONTENTS: Acknowledgements; Introduction; Daydreams of a Drunken Woman; Love; The Chicken; The Imitation of the Rose; Happy Birthday; The Smallest Woman in the World; The Dinner; Preciousness; Family Ties; The Beginnings of a Fortune; Mystery in Sao Cristovao; The Crime of the Mathematics Professor; The Buffalo. Bookseller Inventory # 18088

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Title: Family Ties

Publisher: University Of Texas Press

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good.No Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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The silent rage that seizes a matriarch whose family is feting her eighty-ninth year.The tangle of emotions felt by a sophisticated young woman toward her elderly mother. An adolescent girl's obsessive fear of being looked at. The "giddying sense of compassion" that a blind man introduces into a young housewife's settled existence. Of such is made the world of Clarice Lispector, the Brazilian writer whose finest work is acknowledged to be her exquisitely crafted short stories. Here, in these thirteen of Lispector's most brilliantly conceived stories, mysterious and unexpected moments of crisis propel characters to self-discovery or keenly felt intuitions about the human condition. Her characters mirror states of mind. Alienated by their unsettling sense of life's absurdity, they seem at times absorbed in their interior lives and in the passions that dominate and usually defeat them.

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Text: English, Portugese (translation)

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