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The Foreign Legion

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  279 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
The Foreign Legion is a collection in two parts, gathering both stories and chronicles, and it offers wonderful evidence of Clarice Lispector's unique sensibility and range as an exponent of experimental prose. It opens with thirteen stories and the second part of the book presents newspaper crônicas, which Lispector said she retrieved from a bottom drawer.
Paperback, 220 pages
Published February 17th 1992 by New Directions (first published 1986)
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Glenn Russell
May 16, 2016 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing


Clarice Lispector (1920 –1977) – World-class author from Brazil, who experienced remarkable success with the publication of her first novel at age 23. One of the most celebrated of Latin America writers, internationally acclaimed for her experimental, innovative short stories and novels.

The stories in this collection are a prime example of her experimental, highly imaginative writing. For example, we encounter a narrator who appreciates her daughter telling her she looks like a marmoset, a bass
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Paul
Nov 26, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Initially envy, then anger, draped me. Anger at the notion that I had not been introduced sooner. Robbed of the fact that I could’ve read this so long ago. Anger at the boom which bangs in the mind & echoes through the heart. Where are her tributary busts? Why is she not in some auspicious canon? Where has the label mastermind escaped to that it should not be engraved in every place her name is mentioned? Genius. If I have ever come across such an entity, let it be known that one resides her ...more
Michael Vagnetti
Nov 30, 2012 Michael Vagnetti rated it it was amazing
Writing that seems to generate new ways of describing writing. For example, one starts thinking of fantastic descriptions for what's happening, (who knows where, it's hardly on the page anymore, in real time): writing with "a blast radius," or writing that has "population density," or writing that has "connections with dendritic extension," or writing "that seems to humanize physics concepts like force, or capacitance." So dazzling are the taxonomies, that the paragraph hardly seems to be the un ...more
Megan C
It took me a year to get through this (relatively small) collection.

A year.

I mean, sometimes I misplaced it, yeah, but it's dense, it's no easy thing to just flip along and read. I'll be honest. I still had like 15 pages left but I was so tired of it.

I like Lispector a lot. I read Hour of the Star and fell in love. And I thought the first half of this collection was more entertaining than the second, bt by now I hardly remember it. I was glad I got a used copy; there were some insightful notes i
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Alejandro Teruel
Leí una edición que sólo contiene trece cuentos en traducción de Juan García Gayó. La versión original del libro contiene una segunda parte que recoge varias crónicas de esta autora brasilera.

Esta colección contiene uno de los mejores cuentos que he leído en mucho, pero mucho tiempo, Los desastres de Sofía. Como tantos de los cuentos de Lispector es la historia de un momento decisivo, el momento en que, de golpe una adolescente convencionalmente rebelde cobra conciencia y pasa de niña a mujer ba
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Marcos
Sep 07, 2007 Marcos rated it it was amazing
Brilliant collection of short stories by one of my favorite Brazilian writers. "The Egg and The Chicken", which is included in this book, is Lispector at her best. I love the beginning of the story:

"In the morning I see the egg on the kitchen table. I take in the egg at a single glance. I immediately perceive that I cannot be seeing an egg. To see an egg never remains in the present. No sooner do I see an egg that I have seen an egg for the last three thousand years. The very instant an egg is s
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Marcos Kopschitz
Aug 19, 2016 Marcos Kopschitz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: conto, brasileira
Contos extraordinários, como é a literatura de Clarice Lispector (1925-1977), importante autora brasileira, em livro de 1964. Mais de 50 anos depois, brilham! Um impressionante domínio da linguagem, construções complexas e lapidadas, imagens ora precisas, ora de sonho.

Sempre, cada um com suas preferências. As minhas recaem sobre "Os desastres de Sofia", "A mensagem", "Tentação", "A quinta história".

Boa capa de Flor Opazo e texto de apresentação na orelhas de Roberto Corrêa dos Santos. Mas é só,
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Alfonso Forssell
En tiempos recientes me sucede que cuando leo a ciertos autores canónicos intento, concienzudamente o no, encontrar las costuras de su escritura, deliberar si sus narraciones están hechas a máquina o a mano. por lo general no logro dar con su morfología, aunque la intuyo, y con eso me basta.

Lispector es una escritora que deslumbra y colma en la mayoría de los casos, pero en algunos, como sucede repetidamente en este libro de cuentos, solo sugestiona. lo mejores relatos de la legión extranjera -
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Howard Palmer
Jun 03, 2014 Howard Palmer rated it it was amazing
Just start w/her great short story, "The Chicken and The Egg," and go from there. You'll never look at an egg the same again.
missy jean
Mar 16, 2014 missy jean rated it really liked it
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Short stories and fragments. A little uneven, but when it's good it's so so good.
Chris Tempel
Apr 25, 2016 Chris Tempel rated it it was amazing
Very much my cup of tea. Exciting, odd, poetic sentences. Examination of power in relationships, social alienation.
Zoe Eileen
Mar 26, 2015 Zoe Eileen rated it really liked it
This book was amazing, really dense, and hilarious at times.
I enjoyed all of it, but particularly the second half, Chronicles.

Two examples:
AVARICE
Just to have been born has ruined my health.

ALL THAT GLISTERS IS NOT GOLD
So I did not pick up from the ground what lay there shining. It was gold, dear God. It was probably gold.
Rachel G.
Jan 01, 2012 Rachel G. rated it it was ok
I think I need to find some better Clarice Lispector stuff. She does write beautifully, but I wasn't a fan of this collection. Just found most of the stories a bit dull.
Carolyn Oliveira
I really loved the first story. It's probably the best of the book. The rest, not so much.
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The first story in this book is killer!
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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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