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 "a truly remarkable writer" (Jonathan Franzen). "Her images dazzle even when her meaning is most obscure," noted the Times Literary Supplement, "and when she is writing of what she despises, she is lucidity itself." Benjamin Moser is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle Award, and is also the editor of the New Directions Lispector program. A former books columnist at Harper's Magazine, Moser is now a columnist at The New York Times Book Review, and is currently at work on the authorized biography of Susan Sontag. He lives in the Netherlands. Magdalena Edwards is a writer, translator, and actor. Her work has appeared in the Boston Review, the Paris Review Daily, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Millions.
"Virginia's memory of the chandelier as an adult is as strange and ambiguous as the rest of the moments in the novel, deeply introspective and without a clear meaning, but the energy and spiritual wonder of her descriptions make the cryptic writing all the more resonant and spiritually urgent for both her character and her reader." -- Mike Broida - Electric Lit "The Chandelier is not a book to be read at a fast pace, but rather one to be slowly sipped and savored, a few pages at a time-one that forces us to find other modes of reading, of approaching literature, committed to finding the pleasures of the text." -- Christina Soto van der Plas - The Los Angeles Review of Books "Utterly original and brilliant, haunting and disturbing." -- Colm Toibin "Better than Borges." -- Elizabeth Bishop "One of the twentieth century's most mysterious writers. " -- Orhan Pamuk "[L]yrical, sensual, philosophical...gorgeous, unsettling prose..." -- The Nation "This is a haunting family fable, and will fascinate those seeking a glimpse at Lispector's genius in development." -- Publishers Weekly "The Chandelier will reward those who enjoy challenging works about the power of the mind and about how we might grow up-without destroying who we have been, without fearing who we might come to be." -- Music & Literature "Lispector's signature brilliance lies in the minutely observed gradations of her characters' feelings and of their elusive, half-formed thoughts." -- Kirkus "A vulnerable and moving performance-with a heart-stopping payoff....an undeniable quantity of genius." -- Parul Sehgal - New York Times Book Review "The Chandelier is an extraordinary book." -- Reinaldo Laddaga - 4Columns "Lispector's second novel is a breathless, dizzying and multi-sensory dive into the mind...The first English translation of The Chandelier is a major event, offering the anglophone world an insight into Lispector's early grappling with the shapes and rhythms of thought." -- The Times Literary Supplement "It's a shaggy stop-motion masterpiece, plotless and argument-less and obsessed with the nature of thought....Every page vibrates with feeling. 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 "The revival of the hypnotic Clarice Lispector has been one of the true literary events of the 21st century." -- Parul Sehgal - New York Times Book Review "It is a lyrical outpouring of sensation and perception...Lispector is up to some extraordinary things." -- Martin Riker - New York Times Book Review "Lispector's signature narrative style, which borders on stream-of-consciousness, is the vehicle for Virginia's existential dilemmas and her observations about a world from which she often seems removed. The Chandelier includes all the earmarks of Lispector's other work, too: a deep anguish, a search for the heart of human existence, and the unbearable weight of a solitude that is imperative to ultimate freedom." -- Eric Becker - Americas Quarterly