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The Apple in the Dark

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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 1957)
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Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ler este livro não foi tarefa fácil, mas agora que finalmente cheguei ao fim, acho que, ainda assim, valeu a pena o esforço.

Clarice Lispector tem uma forma única de escrever, que é diferente de tudo o que li até agora. É gráfica e ao mesmo tempo onírica (parece um contra-senso, eu sei, mas é mesmo assim!). É uma escrita estranha, por vezes incompreensível, mas outras vezes muito bonita.

Houve passagens, onde me perdi nos diálogos interiores do Martim, outras onde exasperei por não conseguir enten
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,
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haveria Martim de romper a escuridão? Sim. Como alguém que funda um rio; como um Adão a povoar o mundo. Seria a maçã – o fruto proibido – um fosso imenso em que se abre o pecado e se espia para fora? Mas o que há do outro lado? Martim cria para si uma natureza própria, livre das regras limitadoras da sociedade. No entanto, descobre (ou redescobre) que o homem está livre para desgraçar a si mesmo. “O homem inventa o homem”. Mas Martim não quer enxergar: a escuridão lhe é reconfortante, conciliató ...more
Oct 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
Bring us to our knees, Clarice. And a new kind of literature.
Joshua Burns
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
Luis Torres
Mar 08, 2017 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
Cicero Nogueira
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clarice é muito virtuosa mas muito prolixa também.
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 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
Nov 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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 C.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 09, 2015 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
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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
Apr 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was ok
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 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 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.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Silvia Souza
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 14, 2012 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
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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...
Paula Ferreira Pinto
Consegui terminar.
Estou "servida" de Clarice Lispector.
É o que se me oferece dizer.
Ygor Speranza
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book thick with mind fog, either to read in one night or one page a day.
Doutor Branco
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it
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Quite a nice book written by a fabulous writer.
Sónia  Teixeira
Preferi outros livros dela, neste nota-se que esta a começar =)
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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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“Com surpresa descobriu que o conhecia profundamente. Apenas superficialmente é que o desconhecia.” 1 likes
“Mas talvez seja assim mesmo: todo homem tem que um dia descobrir a pólvora. Ou então não houve experiência. E seu fracasso? como se conciliar com o próprio fracasso? Bem, toda história de uma pessoa é a história de seu fracasso. Através do qual... Ele, aliás, não falhara totalmente.” 0 likes
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