Clarice Lispector

1920 - 1977

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Clarice Lispector (born Chaya Pinkhasivna Lispector (Ukrainian: Хая Пінкасівна Ліспектор; Yiddish: חיה פּינקאַסיװנאַ ליספּעקטאָר) December 10, 1920 – December 9, 1977) was a Ukrainian-born Brazilian novelist and short story writer. Her innovative, idiosyncratic works explore a variety of narrative styles with themes of intimacy and introspection, and have subsequently been internationally acclaimed. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Clarice Lispector has received more than 1,033,271 page views. Her biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Clarice Lispector is the 637th most popular writer (up from 680th in 2019), the 90th most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 85th in 2019) and the 18th most popular Ukrainian Writer.

Clarice Lispector is most famous for her novel, "The Hour of the Star."

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  • 46

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Notable Works

Short stories
Maçã no escuro
Brazilian fiction
A paixão segundo G.H
A hora da estrela
The Besieged City
Brazil, fiction, Fiction, family life, general, Romance literature
"Revised edition of Lispector's third novel is based on its second edition, the last one reformulated by the author"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.
Laços de família
Social life and customs, Translations into English, Brazilian Short stories
A Hora da Estrela
Fiction, psychological, Rio de janeiro (brazil), fiction, Fiction
Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Colas, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly and unloved. Rodrigo recoils from her wretchedness, and yet he cannot avoid the realization that for all her outward misery, Macabéa is inwardly free/She doesn't seem to know how unhappy she should be. Lispector employs her pathetic heroine against her urbane, empty narrator—edge of despair to edge of despair—and, working them like a pair of scissors, she cuts away the reader's preconceived notions about poverty, identity, love and the art of fiction. In her last book she takes readers close to the true mystery of life and leave us deep in Lispector territory indeed.
Água viva
Life, Translations into English, Portuguese fiction
The passion according to G.H
Romance, Fiction, Brazil
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."
A maça no escuro
Fiction, psychological, Lispector, clarice, 1925-1977, Detective and mystery stories


Among writers, Clarice Lispector ranks 637 out of 7,302Before her are Witold Gombrowicz, Raymond Queneau, Edward Bernays, Curzio Malaparte, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Saul Bellow. After her are Daphne du Maurier, William Makepeace Thackeray, Walther von der Vogelweide, Ivan Franko, Irène Némirovsky, and Kōbō Abe.

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Among people born in 1920, Clarice Lispector ranks 31Before her are Helmut Newton, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, François Jacob, Zecharia Sitchin, and Fritz Walter. After her are Montgomery Clift, Walter Matthau, Douglass North, Sergei Bondarchuk, John Demjanjuk, and Alberto Sordi. Among people deceased in 1977, Clarice Lispector ranks 21Before her are Alexey Stakhanov, Kurt Schuschnigg, Anaïs Nin, Ernst Bloch, Joan Crawford, and Princess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois. After her are Andreas Baader, Archibald Hill, Howard Hawks, Bing Crosby, Alexander Luria, and Henri-Georges Clouzot.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Clarice Lispector ranks 90 out of 1,365Before her are Josaphat Kuntsevych (1580), Nikolai Podgorny (1903), Bruno Schulz (1892), Anton Makarenko (1888), Andrzej Żuławski (1940), and Karl Radek (1885). After her are Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860), Oleg Blokhin (1952), Ivan Franko (1856), Irène Némirovsky (1903), Trofim Lysenko (1898), and Edward Rydz-Śmigły (1886).

Among WRITERS In Ukraine

Among writers born in Ukraine, Clarice Lispector ranks 18Before her are Lesya Ukrainka (1871), Ze'ev Jabotinsky (1880), Ilya Ehrenburg (1891), Isaac Babel (1894), Bruno Schulz (1892), and Anton Makarenko (1888). After her are Ivan Franko (1856), Irène Némirovsky (1903), Nestor the Chronicler (1056), Gregory Skovoroda (1722), Nikolai Ostrovsky (1904), and Nikolay Nekrasov (1821).