Covert Joy: Selected Stories (Hardcover)

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Covert Joy: Selected Stories (Hardcover)


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From the massive treasure house of her hugely successful Complete Stories, gathered here are the most glittering gems of Clarice Lispector’s short fiction

This radiant selection of Clarice Lispector’s best and best-loved stories includes such familiar favorites as “The Smallest Woman in the World,”“Love,” “Family Ties,” and “The Egg and the Chicken.” Lispector’s luminous regard for life’s small revelatory incidents is legendary, and here her genius is concentrated in a fizzing, portable volume. Covert Joy offers the particular bliss a book can bring that she expresses in the title story:

Joy would always be covert for me… Sometimes I’d sit in the hammock, swinging with the book open on my lap, not touching it, in the purest ecstasy.I was no longer a girl with a book: I was a woman with her lover

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 “one of the twentieth century’s most mysterious writers” (Orhan Pamuk).
Product Details ISBN: 9780811238878
ISBN-10: 0811238873
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: October 1st, 2024
Language: English
The Complete Stories is bound to become a kind of bedside Bible or I Ching for readers of Lispector, both old and new.

— Valeria Luiselli - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Sphinx, sorceress, sacred monster. The revival of the hypnotic Clarice Lispector has been one of the true literary events of the twenty-first century, with the real landmark, to my mind, her glittering and savage Complete Stories.

— Parul Sehgal - The New York Times

Terrifically funny: Language, for her, was the self’s right.
— Lorrie Moore

It’s not enough to say that Lispector bends language or uses words in new ways. Plenty of modernists do that. No one else writes prose this rich.
— Lily Meyer - NPR