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The Apple in the Dark

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  178 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Martin is convinced that he has murdered his wife. In a delirium of guilt and grief, he wanders through a forest until he comes across an isolated farm run by Vitoria - an indomitable spinster who is 'afraid to live', and her flighty, obsessive cousin Ermelinda, who is terrified of death. As Martin works on Vitoria's land he is both haunted and comforted by memories of his ...more
Paperback, 361 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by University of Texas Press (first published November 1st 200)
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Joshua Burns
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
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.
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
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
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Sep 04, 2008 will added it
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
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...
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.
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
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.
Luis Branco
Quite a nice book written by a fabulous writer.
It really unnerves me when this novel is labeled "existential - it is a grammatological, Derridean book if there ever was one.
"Não só a realidade, mas também a memória pertence a Deus."
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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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