The Passion According to G. H.

The Passion According to G. H.


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The Passion According to G. H. by Clarice Lispector

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811219686
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 06/13/2012
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 217,993
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Clarice Lispector(1920–1977), the greatest Brazilian writer of the twentieth century, has been called “astounding” (Rachel Kushner), “a penetrating genius”
(Donna Seaman, Booklist), and “a truly remarkable writer” (Jonathan Franzen). “Her images dazzle even when her meaning is most obscure,” noted the Times Literary
Supplement, “and when she is writing of what she despises, she is lucidity itself.”

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 the New Directions Lispector program. 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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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
Eww. Plase stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Any of u on?
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A black male wolf with ice blue eyes padded in. I am shade, he said