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The chandelier / Clarice Lispector ; translated from the Portuguese by Benjamin Moser and Magdalena Edwards ; edited by Benjamin Moser.

Lispector, Clarice, (author.). Moser, Benjamin, (editor,, translator.). Edwards, Magdalena, (translator.).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Mooresville PL - Mooresville FIC LIS (Text) 37323005390029 FICTION Available -
West Lafayette PL - West Lafayette FIC LIS (Text) 31951004291800 Main Floor - Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780811223133
  • ISBN: 0811223132
  • Physical Description: 313 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2018.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A New Directions Book"--title page.
Originally published in Portuguese as O lustre.
Summary, etc.:
"Vouchsafed as children to the Society of Shadows, Virgínia and her cruel, beautiful brother, Daniel, grow up in a decaying country mansion. They leave for the city, but the change of locale leaves Virgínia's internal life unperturbed."--page 2 of cover.
Subject: Women > Fiction.
Social isolation > Fiction.
Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) > Fiction.
Genre: Psychological fiction.
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  • Baker & Taylor
    "Fresh from the enormous success of her debut novel Near to the Wild Heart, Hurricane Clarice let loose something stormier in 1946 with her second novel, The Chandelier. In a body of work renowned for its potent idiosyncratic genius, The Chandelier in many ways has pride of place. "It stands out," her biographer Benjamin Moser noted, "in a strange and difficult body of work, as perhaps her strangest and most difficult book." Of glacial intensity, consisting almost entirely of interior monologues--interrupted by odd and jarring fragments of dialogue and action--the novel moves in slow waves that crest in moments of revelation. As she seeks freedom via creation, the drama of Virginia's isolated life is almost entirely internal: from childhood, she sculpts clay figurines with "the best clay one could desire: white, supple, sticky, cold. She got a clear and tender material from which she could shape a world. How, how to explain the miracle..." While on one level simply the story of a woman's life, The Chandelier's real drama lies in Lispector's attempt "to find the nucleus made of a single instant ...the tenuous triumph and the defeat, perhaps nothing more than breathing." The Chandelier pushes Lispector's lifelong quest for that nucleus into deeper territories than any of her amazing works" --
  • Baker & Taylor
    Translated for the first time in English, a second novel from a notable 20th-century Brazilian writer consists almost entirely of interior monologues that draw readers into the world of Virginia, a woman who leads an isolated life and seeks freedom via the clay figurines she sculpts.
  • WW Norton
    Fresh from the enormous success of her debut novel Near to the Wild Heart, Hurricane Clarice let loose something stormier with The Chandelier. In a body of work renowned for its potent idiosyncratic genius, The Chandelier in many ways has pride of place. “It stands out,” her biographer Benjamin Moser noted, “in a strange and difficult body of work, as perhaps her strangest and most difficult book.” Of glacial intensity, consisting almost entirely of interior monologues—interrupted by odd and jarring fragments of dialogue and action—the novel moves in slow waves that crest in moments of revelation. As Virginia seeks freedom via creation, the drama of her isolated life is almost entirely internal: from childhood, she sculpts clay figurines with “the best clay one could desire: white, supple, sticky, cold. She got a clear and tender material from which she could shape a world. How, how to explain the miracle ...” While on one level simply the story of a woman’s life, The Chandelier’s real drama lies in Lispector’s attempt “to find the nucleus made of a single instant ... the tenuous triumph and the defeat, perhaps nothing more than breathing.” The Chandelier pushes Lispector’s lifelong quest for that nucleus into deeper territories than any of her other amazing works.
  • WW Norton
    Now, for the first time in English we have Clarice Lispector’s second novel—a radical part of what made her a Brazilian legend

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