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The realm of Lispector's fiction is the inner life; self-knowledge is her main concern. Like James Joyce's Dubliners, her protagonists live small, stifled lives, often unaware of their own suffering, but her lucid and richly textured narratives allow us, the readers, the epiphanies that they themselves are denied.
Hardcover, 175 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published June 1st 1989)
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Mariel
Jul 31, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Clarice Lissssssspector. It's on the back of the tongue, the name of the authoress from the wilds of Russia to Brazil. Soulstorm is a collection of stories about lives of her and her others. Her voice that was baby talk as we all learn to walk, and Russian and Portugese. A self concious translator Alexis Levitin in his voice that was baby talk, English and I wanna do a good job. I want, I need, the building blocks of language and images. They start and end somewhere. It's on the tongue that I ca ...more
Greg
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did.

The book is uneven. It's two short short-story collections mashed together into one. The first short story collection features a lot of quick precise stories, with a running theme (or maybe reality of how they got written) as being written by assignment. There was a feeling of the stories being fluff, but with a dark streak running under the surface of them. Sort of like an evil piece for Reader's Digest.

The second half of the collection were lo
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Mark
Lispector's stories are as razor-sharp as Diane Williams, and with a unique fragility that lets the reader feel the timidity of her narrators. Excellent collection.
missy ward-lambert
This book contains two short story collections, and I liked the first collection much better than the second. Which surprised me, because Lispector admits she wrote most of the first collection in a weekend--but I suppose this actually makes sense because the first collection is so raw and at the veins, while the second collection feels at times overproduced. The (very nice in its own right) Introduction is by Grace Paley, which is fitting because there is a very Paley-esque quality to many of L ...more
matt
"the Cool Woman" i write as my review with wolf gloves on. a cool bopk and ive read two s. american wroters who are dealin with Time and Space and Cool Metaphysic Shit amd borges, borges... so good but if u wanna have like a borges lite that is still as deep.as borges (i mean like synatactically i uessg, wgatevet) i need to learn portugruse so i can reall. read her. Tell me other good philosophy south americands
Devin
Combines two story collections, The Stations of the Body and Where You Were at Night. The former a selection of rough and delirious narrations of individual lives. The latter more emotionally intense and rigorous, the narrators seeking ways of being that retain a sense of mystery without withholding secrets.
flannery
Like an artists' sketchbook, fragments and snatches of something really wonderful. Not to be one of "those people" but I have a feeling this is a lot better in Portugese because well what isn't. I did really love "Silence" and "Where Were You at Night" and I'm still excited to read her novel.
Blueoceansight
I haven't read this book yet, but it's on my syllabus for this semester. I was wondering if anyone had this book on tape, CD, or know where I can find a copy online for free. I'd appreciate any help. Thanks!
Dawnelle Wilkie
This book was originally two separate texts and it shows. The voice of the first section is drastically different than the second. Both are remarkable but in very different ways.
Christy
Maybe not her best work: sketches, grotesqueries. Still has moments. Grace Paley's intro is worth the trouble, though.
Philippa
Brazilian. Some bizarre writing in here! A lot of it dream-like, surreal, some too deep and intellectual for me.
Heather
Favorite story was "Dry Point of Horses". Love her way with words throughout.
Ramona
Quirky, off-beat, uncoventional; fans of Cronopios and Famas (Cortazar) will like her.
Liz  Latty
I'm supposed to like her way more than I actually do. #academicproblems
Keleigh
Dreamlike, meandering, liquid, honest, electric, indelible.
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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.

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