Clarice Lispector Interviewed

For as long and as big of a fan as I’ve been of Clarice Lispector, I’ve never known how she moved through the world or sounded. Outside of her books, I don’t think I’ve even read more than a few quotes of hers from various interviews.

So this is really cool. As Benjamin Moser puts it, “Clarice Lispector’s last and only televised interview, with English subtitles.”

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Penguin UK is making a pretty good push for Lispector. Seen their promotional stuff a couple of times already.

Reminds me of Debbie Harry.

When’s her collected short stories coming out?


The Surrender is Veronica Scott Esposito’s “collection of facts” concerning how she embraced her true gender.


Two long essays of 10,000 words each on sex in—and out of—literature . . .

The first essay dives in to Nicholson Baker’s “sex trilogy,” explaining just what Baker is up to here and why these books ultimately fail to be as sexy as Baker might wish.

From there the book moves on to the second essay, which explains just why Spaniard Javier Marías does right what Baker does wrong . . .


5 essays. 2 interviews.

All in all, over 25,000 words of Latin American literary goodness.

3 never-before-published essays, including “The Digression”—a 4,000-word piece on the most important digression in César Aira’s career.

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