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The Besieged City



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Clarice Lispector's revelatory third novel, now in English for the first time Written in flight from Lispector's 'shipwreck of introspection' it is a book unlike any other in the Lispector canon, a novel about simply seeing the external world. Its heroine Lucrecia is utterly mute and unreflective. She may have no inner life. The plot itself is utterly unlike any other Lispector narrative- small-town girl marries rich man, sees the world, and lives happily ever after. But there are miraculous horses, linguistic ecstasies, catty remarks, minor characters' visions and music from unknown sources. There is Lucrecia, the heroine free of the burden of thought, who 'leaned over without any individuality, trying merely to look at things directly'. And yet her 'mere' looking leads, as Lispector's biographer Benjamin Moser notes, 'paradoxically but inevitably, to Clarice's own metaphysical concerns. As it turns out, not being profound is simply another way of being profound'. Translated by Johnny Lorenz

Product code: 9780241371374

ISBN 9780241371374
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS13
Series Penguin Modern Classics
No. Of Pages 224
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd