The Passion According to G. H.

The Passion According to G. H.

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by Clarice Lispector
     
 

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Lispector’s most shocking novel.The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector’s mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid’s room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door —crushing the cockroach —and then watches it die. At the end of the novel, at the

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Lispector’s most shocking novel.The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector’s mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid’s room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door —crushing the cockroach —and then watches it die. At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuinely shocking scene in Brazilian literature…Lispector wrote that of all her works this novel was the one that “best corresponded to her demands as a writer.”

Editorial Reviews

The Los Angeles Times
“She is quite a thing to discover indeed.”
Booklist
“A penetrating genius.”— Donna Seaman
Tin House
“Over time, I’ve come to admire and even love this novel. In fact, as soon as I slammed the book shut,
my understanding of G.H.’s story began to take on an almost-corporeal reality. Trying to put this into words is a slippery thing.
What I was beginning to appreciate was that I could not consider Lispector’s philosophical concerns for any length of time without losing my grasp on those concerns, yet I could somehow feel them, sense the substance of them in my own mind, in those deep pools of thought where language doesn’t quite reach, and which words can’t express.”— Emma Komlos-Hrobsky
SFGate
“I had a sort of missionary urge with her...but I started thinking, even when I was 19: How can I help this person reach the prominence she deserves?”
The Times Literary Supplement
“Her images dazzle even when her meaning is most obscure, and when she is writing of what she despises she is lucidity itself.”
Boston.com
“Lispector's prose is unforgettable...still startling by the end because of Lispector's unsettling forcefulness.”
The Rumpus
“A lyrical, stream of consciousness meditation on the nature of time, the unreliability of language, the divinity of God, and the threat of hell.”
The L Magazine
“One of 20th-century Brazil’s most intriguing and mystifying writers.”
Bookforum
“[Lispector] left behind an astounding body of work that has no real corollary inside literature or outside it.”
Donna Seaman - Booklist
“A penetrating genius.”
Emma Komlos-Hrobsky - Tin House
“Over time, I’ve come to admire and even love this novel. In fact, as soon as I slammed the book shut, my understanding of G.H.’s story began to take on an almost-corporeal reality. Trying to put this into words is a slippery thing. What I was beginning to appreciate was that I could not consider Lispector’s philosophical concerns for any length of time without losing my grasp on those concerns, yet I could somehow feel them, sense the substance of them in my own mind, in those deep pools of thought where language doesn’t quite reach, and which words can’t express.”
Scott Esposito - Barnes & Noble Review
“It is Lispector's attempt -- successful, I would say -- to sacralize one of the vilest quantities in the Western world.”
Booklist - Donna Seaman
“A penetrating genius.”
Tin House - Emma Komlos-Hrobsky
“Over time, I’ve come to admire and even love this novel. In fact, as soon as I slammed the book shut,my understanding of G.H.’s story began to take on an almost-corporeal reality. Trying to put this into words is a slippery thing.What I was beginning to appreciate was that I could not consider Lispector’s philosophical concerns for any length of time without losing my grasp on those concerns, yet I could somehow feel them, sense the substance of them in my own mind, in those deep pools of thought where language doesn’t quite reach, and which words can’t express.”
Barnes & Noble Review - Scott Esposito
“It is Lispector's attempt — successful, I would say — to sacralize one of the vilest quantities in the Western world.”
Boston Globe
“Lispector's prose is unforgettable... still startling by the end because of Lispector's unsettling forcefulness.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“I had a sort of missionary urge with her... but I started thinking, even when I was 19: How can I help this person reach the prominence she deserves?”
Latin American Lit. & Arts
A shattering encounter communicated to us in intense, at times tortured, prose... the quasi-mystical sequence from purgation to illumination to union.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Aficionados of South American fiction as well as literary critics will welcome this posthumous translation of a nearly plotless novel by one of Brazil's foremost writers. Availing herself of a single character, Lispector transforms a banal situationa woman at home, aloneinto an amphitheater for philosophical investigations. The first-person narration jousts with language, playfully but forcefully examining the ambiguous nature of words, with results ranging from the profound to the pretentious: ``Prehuman divine life is a life of singeing nowness'' or ``The world interdepended with me, and I am not understanding what I say, never! never again shall I understand what I say. For how will I be able to speak without the word lying for me?'' These linguistic games frame existential and experiential crises that Lispector savors and overcomes. Although this idiosyncratic novel will not have wide appeal, those with academic or markedly erudite tastes should like it very much. (September)
Library Journal
This Ukranian-born Brazilian author is regarded in France as a philosopher rather than a storyteller. Here she offers a meditation on the human condition full of aphoristic declarations and merciless self-scrutiny. The narrator, whose identity is continually undone and remade, claims she doesn't have ``a word to say,'' then observes, ``But if I don't force myself to talk, silence will forever engulf me in waves.'' Plot is secondary; the aim is to push language to the limit. Part of the publisher's new ``Emergent Literatures'' series, which will make available in English authors whose ``works have been ignored . . . because of their difference from established models of literature,'' this is recommended for adventuresome readers. Jack Shreve, Allegany Community Coll., Cumberland, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811219686
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
06/13/2012
Pages:
220
Sales rank:
279,067
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Clarice Lispector was born in 1920 to a Jewish family in western Ukraine. As a result of the anti-Semitic violence they endured, the family fled to Brazil in 1922, and Clarice Lispector grew up in Recife. Following the death of her mother when Clarice was nine, she moved to Rio de Janeiro with her father and two sisters, and she went on to study law. With her husband, who worked for the foreign service, she lived in Italy, Switzerland, England, and the United States, until they separated and she returned to Rio in 1959; she died there in 1977. Since her death, Clarice Lispector has earned universal recognition as Brazil's greatest modern writer.

Idra Novey is a poet and translator. She is a lecturer at the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, The Believer, and Ploughshares, and her collection The Next Country appeared in 2008.

Benjamin Moser is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award, and is also the editor of a new translation of​Clarice ​Lispector's work​, of which this is the sixth volume​. A former books columnist at Harper's Magazine, Moser is now a columnist at The New York Times Book Review, and is currently at work on​the​authorized biography of Susan Sontag. He lives in the Netherlands.

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The Passion According to G.H. 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book which attempts to confront anti-matter itself. It is a face to face confrontation with the other, a cockroach (the most durable of insects). In this way, it is also a mystical text, in which the identity of the author is transformed into pure absence. All our accepted notions are sucked into this vortex created by the author's absence, and, as we read on, we too, as readers, are sucked into this vacuum. As such, this is a very frightening book, for it threatens to undo those beliefs about ourselves that we have taken for granted. Reading this book thus consists in a process of undoing oneself. If it took courage to write, it also takes courage to read.
xuxuLM More than 1 year ago
When reading Clarice Lispector, the reader is meeting a character that self reconstructs in each paragraph. She captures the intimate reality of things and the magic of an instant. She keeps a dialog form, but there is no structure of such, it is a monolog. She plays with punctuation signs. In "The Passion According to G.H", she creates a world alive, and at the same time, she is the messenger of the unbearable, of the facts of life that cannot be understood. This book, as her previous ones, must be placed in a special place in the library under the name "Treasures"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know if I can keep this up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My little sister fractured her tibia, apparently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she steps in cautiously, her machete tightly in her right hand.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kisses her his toungue intertwining with hers..he wraps his arms around her waist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eww. Plase stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any of u on?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A black male wolf with ice blue eyes padded in. I am shade, he said