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"In 1967, Brazil's leading newspaper asked the avant-garde writer Lispector to write a weekly column on any topic she wished. For almost seven years, Lispector showed Brazilian readers just how vast and passionate her interests were. This beautifully translated collection of selected columns, or crônicas, is just as immediately stimulating today and ably reinforces her rep ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published November 17th 1996 by New Directions
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M. Sarki
Jul 16, 2013 M. Sarki rated it it was ok
Took me a while to finish as I read the book basically as a daily devotion. Nothing earth-shattering here, and honestly I have to say I was a bit disappointed in it as a whole. I was prepared for some courageous activity on the page but really did not connect to much of anything. Nonetheless, it was nice to visit with Clarice Lispector for these last several months. She made a good friend though she always had the last word, that is, until my speaking out now.
Sep 26, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I can no longer recall where it began but I know I did not start at the beginning. It was, in a manner of speaking, all written simultaneously. Everything was there, or appeared to be there as if within the temporal space of an open piano with its simultaneous keys.

I wrote with the utmost care as the narrative began to take shape inside me, and only after the fifth version had been patiently drafted did I become fully aware of the text. Only then did I begin to understand more clearly what was
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Aug 10, 2016 ray j rated it it was amazing
amazing. perfect. need to read 100 more times to fully digest.
A wonderful introduction to Lispector. It's a collection of short pieces Lispector used to write as a columnist for . They are not at all journalistic however. Instead they are wonderful meditations, philosophical bits, encounters, prose poems. This is the sort of book I like to read when I feel stuck.
I felt there were imperfections and bits and pieces that seem strained or simply messy here in a way you cannot find in books like The Hour of the Star, even if they are mixed with the sudden flashes of beauty and insight as in all her writing. And maybe that is what I like about it. Reading this might not have blown me away the way her books did, but it does give you the illusion of coming a bit closer to Clarice Lispector, the person. Oddly enough, the bits I disliked most reminded me of the t ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Vicky rated it it was amazing
Shelves: essays, favorites
A delight that Brazil newspapers give novelists and poets a column of their own to write about anything they want, which is exciting for a writer like Clarice Lispector who is very personal, anecdotal, inquisitive. I enjoyed this selection of her cronicas, but I drifted multiple times for pieces like the chicken and egg story, found it "weird" that she would hate turtles so much and predict their extinction in a thousand years or so, and I wish there were more pieces about teenagers in anguish a ...more
Apr 22, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 20th-century, essays, 2016
Some boring, some confusing but many thought-provoking. I read this because Ali Smith mentioned in an interview that she loved Clarice Lispector and I see a similar sensibility.
Jun 10, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
Written in the arch, prickly style used by many high-minded early- and mid-20th century authors, especially females (see, Rebecca West). This is not a criticism but a description, one said with a sigh, as a woman writing in this tone would get her heart ripped out by online naysayers -- assuming she got interest from a publisher at all, which she wouldn't. Anyway, Cronicas are sketches written for a Brazilian newspaper. They're short little things, much like blog posts. See, not much changes (ex ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Anna rated it liked it
I think I enjoyed the first half of this book more than the second half. Lispector became increasingly hard to understand. What parts I could understand were beautiful and amazing. Her contemplation of herself and life was interesting to read and relate to. I don't think I could pick up her fiction if, as they say, it is similar to this book. But her musings are out of this world...
Sarah Lower
Mar 20, 2011 Sarah Lower rated it it was amazing
My favorite book.
"One day a leaf grazed my eyelashes, and I thought to myself: God is being extremely delicate."

"And when it comes to writing? Here there are great temptations because the dividing line between bad taste and truth is almost imperceptible."

ha! How can you not love this?

Just reread after many years.
Oct 26, 2007 Pauline rated it it was amazing
I reread this book a lot. This was the first book I read by her, so maybe that is why it is my favorite. Everytime I pick up this book I remember why I love the way that she writes so much, everything seems very personal to her, yet creative and thought provoking at the same time.
Jun 17, 2010 Wendy rated it it was amazing
I am awed by her trenchant intelligence, her honesty, her sense of irony. Wow. Wowwowwow.
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Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian writer. Acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories, she was also a journalist. Born to a Jewish family in Podolia in Western Ukraine, she was brought to Brazil as an infant, amidst the disasters engulfing her native land following the First World War.

She grew up in northeastern Brazil, where her mother died when she was nine. The family
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