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Gross title aside, this website has some pretty cool writing about Lispector and her work—including a look at how the mystical writings of the Jewish Kabbalah might have affected her work.
The most important Jewish writer since Kafka, and also a part-time beauty columnist with a penchant for Chanel suits. Yeah, she's complex.
We love it when titles are this clear and concise. This is, in fact, a spotlight on Lispector.
Okay, so it's not a wonderland and there's no rabbit-hole, but maybe Macabéa does have something in common with Alice from Alice in Wonderland. See what you think.
If you're up for a challenge, try this long essay about why you should maybe feel bad about yourself for enjoying this book.
We don't recommend watching it instead of the book, since it totally cuts out the narrator—but they must have done something right, because this 1985 film won an award for best actress in the 36th Berlin International Film Festival.
Interviews and Articles
Clarice Lispector wasn't one for small talk. Here's the transcript of a conversation she had with musician Tom Jobim.
If you just can't get enough Clarice Lispector, here's a thorough and fascinating look at the mysterious writer.
Listen to translator Benjamin Moser discuss his work on The Hour of the Star, starting around 19.30.
In February 1977, Clarice Lispector gave her only televised interview with Júlio Lerner of TV Cultura in São Paulo. Sorry, no subtitles.
Check out a gorgeous black and white photo of a beautiful, young Clarice Lispector.
Check out the eyelashes in this photo of the aging Lispector.
We have to say, she doesn't look particularly ugly.
Here's a map of Alagoas, the Northeastern state where Macabéa was from. See if you can spot the capital city of Maceió, which is where Macabéa was raised by her crazy, cruel aunt.
Here's a photo of Maceió, the capital of Alagoas. Somehow, we suspect that Macabéa's life didn't look much like this.
You can really see how Macabéa would get lost in the crowd.