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Le Bâtisseur de Ruines

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Un ingénieur, Martin, a commis un meurtre et est en fuite. Il marche sans but, dans une plaine à peu près désertique, et sans cesse sa marche est interrompue par des rencontres : arbre, oiseau, ruisseau... Rencontres grâce auxquelles il commence à comprendre non pas qui il est, mais ce que fut sa vie jusque-là et ce qu'elle pourrait être, à comprendre notamment que son cri ...more
Broché, Collection Du monde entier, 328 pages
Published January 14th 1970 by Gallimard (first published 1957)
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Se para Platão o Homem adquire o mal através dos olhos, em Clarice os olhos permitem-nos buscar a verdade. Se a luz nos ilumina a vista e, por isso, nos permite procurar quem somos; a escuridão é o inferno na terra, o salto que se parte numa ladeira e que nos interrompe a marcha. Através de Martim, irrompemos numa história tematicamente e psicologicamente densa, o que não é novidade para quem conhece a escrita da autora.

Somos convidados a entrar neste mundo onde o espírito, o corpo, a natureza,
Oct 20, 2009 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Joshua Burns
May 09, 2012 Joshua Burns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apple in the Dark

This book really made me want to move out on a farm. The amount of interiority that these characters display is truly staggering, hanging up the plot for pages on end. Comparing this to any other existential novel, or even lumping it under the existential umbrella, unnerves me. Not only does this book carry with it much more developed characters than either The Stranger’s or Nausea’s but we are also not cramped up in some stuffy French man’s head for the entirety of the piece.
Justin Dobbs
Nov 28, 2012 Justin Dobbs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This author's utilization of the self-monologue and a deeply introspective style has been transformative in the world of literature. Lispector has helped teach us that fiction can guide us towards enlightenment.
Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
Bring us to our knees, Clarice. And a new kind of literature.
Luis Torres
Mar 08, 2017 Luis Torres rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente libro, requiere mucha concentracion y en ocasiones se debe parar a reflexionar sobre lo que se leyo, retomar pasajes del libro, y lo hace recordar y o pensar en motivaciones, paisajes, personajes, momentos que ha vivido uno o que ha escuchado a otor vivier

No es un libro de aventuras, ni de grandes situaciones, es de mucha introspeccion y descripcion de sentimientos e incluso relacion con el ambiente campirano

Es mi primer libro de Clarice Lispector y me ha parecido que fue una gran escr
Dec 11, 2016 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this many years ago, loved it and want to try it again. This is not an easy book, long existential meanderings by the three main characters. I don't recommend it for anyone who wants a good plot, still worth reading.
Paula Ferreira Pinto
Consegui terminar.
Estou "servida" de Clarice Lispector.
É o que se me oferece dizer.
Sep 17, 2014 Emmett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Apple in the Dark is the third novel I've read by author Clarice Lispector. While I didn't quite enjoy it as much as The Hour of the Star (one of my favorite novels in general) or The Stream of Life, I found it to be in line with her other works in terms of quality and writing. Lispector's writing is unlike anything else. While I can't claim to have read everything in the world, I can still say that Clarice Lispector has one of the most unique literary voices (if not THE most) I have ...more
Emma Martínez
Oct 04, 2014 Emma Martínez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En resumen: "Nunca nada había salido del mundo, nunca nada había entrado en el mundo: el juego siempre había estado hecho".

Estudio de un hombre que por un crimen es lanzado a recrear lo que es y lo que existe sólo a partir de él: todo. Tantas formas pero nunca la verdadera y luego el mundo amplio de posibilidades: él, Martín allí siendo ni más ni menos que él, él mismo. No un hombre que es varios hombres y voluntades, sino un solo hombre y una sola voluntad. El hombre resguardado bajo la idea d
I am happy with the experience of having read a book like this, that delves deeply into what the characters are thinking almost as the only reference to what is happening, but doubt I would do it again. The action of the plot is very simple (apparently, and I say this because at the end I wasn't sure about what really happened) and it could fit in less than a hundred pages if it weren't for what's going on in the minds of the characters. The writing at places is brilliant and the ideas exposed v ...more
Andresa Araujo
Jun 07, 2012 Andresa Araujo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: specials, brasil, quotados
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Nov 09, 2015 Manuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La idea de la reconstrucción, espiritual y física, de Martim después de un episodio traumático es lo mas interesante en la primera parte de libro. Ermelinda y Victoria los otros dos personajes secuestradas por sus propios miedos y claroscuros también me han gustado. Como casi siempre el lenguaje de Clarise agotando hasta la última posibilidad en descripción y metáforas. Me gusta que las vidas de los tres personajes siempre sean entre tejidas o sugeridas por metáforas y símiles tomadas de la natu ...more
The opening to this novel is dark and intriguing. A man wakes in the middle of the night and escapes out the window of his hotel. It is not made clear from who or what he is running, and this only increases the tension in the situation. He proceeds to stumble over a strange landscape in the dark and does not have any idea where he is until dawn. Lispector treats all of this with wonder and mystery, delving into the main character's consciousness and his physical sensations. However, his travails ...more
Michael sinkofcabbages
By far the best existential novel ever written. Not even any close seconds. I know, I know!! Sartre, Camus, etc, etc..
Trust me ive read and studied all the classics(?) of the genre (both fiction and philosophy). I believe Lispector to be the existentialist par-excellance. I think too many people get interested in a movement and read all the things recommended by bibliographies, friends, etc.
They dont really explore in depth. How else can you explain that writers like Lispector, Hedeyat and Bassa
Feb 22, 2015 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An interesting if deeply frustrating book. I went back and forth between being impressed by her prose as she depicts a character with a tenuous grip on reality, and being exasperated with her self-indulgent flights of poetic fancy. I almost quit more than once, but kept reading when the writing drew me back in, but the characters were mostly opaque and unsatisfying, and I did not much care how the story came out. Am fairly ambivalent about recommending it to anyone.
Oct 27, 2013 Dnl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As much as I enjoyed the middle section of Lispector's otherwise enthralling narrative and in which the novel's main characters stretch out definitive contours more and more, the conclusion of Martim's daydreaming came rather as baffling and predictable nonsense. One can only hope the author was making an attempt at absurdism.
Lakis Fourouklas
Jul 30, 2015 Lakis Fourouklas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given it five stars if it wasn't for the hundreds of typos. Really people, you need to hire a proofreader. But nevertheless this is a great novel, one that I enjoyed reading very much and which I'd recommend to all fans of good fiction... and especially to those who want to moonlight in proofreading.
Oct 14, 2012 Rodolfo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It really unnerves me when this novel is labeled "existential - it is a grammatological, Derridean book if there ever was one.
Artemisia Roberta
mind blowing - if you can get into it and read it in one stretch - you're a strong reader - otherwise take your time -
it put me face to face with my darkest secrets...
Silvia Souza
Jan 15, 2016 Silvia Souza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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