Family Ties by Lispector, ClariceFamily Ties by Lispector, Clarice

Family Ties

byLispector, ClariceTranslated byGiovanni Pontiero

Paperback | January 1, 1984

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The silent rage that seizes a matriarch whose family is feting her eighty-ninth year.The tangle of emotions felt by a sophisticated young woman toward her elderly mother. An adolescent girl's obsessive fear of being looked at. The "giddying sense of compassion" that a blind man introduces into a young housewife's settled existence. Of such is made the world of Clarice Lispector, the Brazilian writer whose finest work is acknowledged to be her exquisitely crafted short stories. Here, in these thirteen of Lispector's most brilliantly conceived stories, mysterious and unexpected moments of crisis propel characters to self-discovery or keenly felt intuitions about the human condition. Her characters mirror states of mind. Alienated by their unsettling sense of life's absurdity, they seem at times absorbed in their interior lives and in the passions that dominate and usually defeat them.

Clarice Lispector was born in the Ukraine and was taken to Brazil as a young child. She was a law student, editor, translator, and newswriter, who traveled widely, spending eight years in the United States. "Family Ties" (1960) is a collection of short stories revealing Lispector's existentialist view of life and demonstrating that eve...
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Title:Family TiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.94 × 6.01 × 0.48 inPublished:January 1, 1984Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292724489

ISBN - 13:9780292724488

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • The daydreams of a drunk woman
  • Love
  • The chicken
  • The imitation of the rose
  • Happy birthday
  • The smallest woman in the world
  • The dinner
  • Preciousness
  • Family ties
  • The beginning of a fortune
  • Mystery in Sao Christovao
  • The crime of the mathematics professor
  • The buffalo

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The silent rage that seizes a matriarch whose family is feting her eighty-ninth year. The tangle of emotions felt by a sophisticated young woman toward her elderly mother. An adolescent girl's obsessive fear of being looked at. The 'giddying sense of compassion' that a blind man introduces into a young housewife's settled existence. Of such is made the world of Clarice Lispector, the Brazilian writer whose finest works acknowledged to be her exquisitely crafted short stories. Here in these thirteen of Lospector's most brilliantly conceived stories, mysterious and unexpected moments of crisis propel characters to self-discovery or keenly felt intuitions about the human condition.

Editorial Reviews

"Reading Clarice Lispector's novels is like listening to a stranger unravel her thoughts and then walk out of the door, leaving behind a strong sense of character but few facts about daily life. You wonder after meeting such a person whether she was real or imagined—and then decide it does not matter." - Belles Lettres