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Description - Why This World by Benjamin Moser

'That rare person who looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf,' Clarice Lispector was one of the twentieth century's most extraordinary modernist writers. The brilliant, beautiful and enigmatic daughter of Russian-Jewish emigres, she achieved instant celebrity at the age of twenty-three with her debut novel Near to the Wild Heart, and became a literary icon in Latin America.
In Why This World Benjamin Moser unravels the turbulent life of an elusive genius- her birth in the nightmarish landscape of postwar Ukraine, her long exile in Brazil, her stormy personal life, her fierce talent, and how she transformed her struggles into a universally resonant art.

'A great book . . . Clarice Lispector is one of the hidden geniuses of twentieth-century literature.' Colm T ibin
'One of the twentieth century's most mysterious writers is finally revealed in all her vibrant colours.'Orhan Pamuk
'Glamorous, cultured, moody, Lispector is an emblematic twentieth-century artist who belongs in the same pantheon as Kafka and Joyce. Benjamin Moser has brought to life her essentially tragic nature in all its complexity.' Edmund White
'As Moser begins to unpeel the layers of her complicated life, Why This World sucks you into its subject's strange vortex.' Dwight Garner, The New York Times
'After finishing it, you will be in love with her.'Guillermo Arriaga

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781846147814
ISBN-10: 1846147816
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Jan-2014
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Benjamin Moser

Benjamin Moser is the New Books columnist of Harper's Magazine. He was born in Houston in 1976 and currently lives in the Netherlands. He is a contributor to the The New York Review of Books, and he has written for Conde Nast Traveler and Newsweek, as well as many other publications.

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