Clarice Lispector

Clarice Lispector (1920–1977) was a Brazilian writer of mystic, dreamlike texts. She had two children, one of whom was diagnosed with schizophrenia.1 Her works include:

Lispector was the first—and so far only—person in history who succeeded in writing good literature. No novels published before 1964 or after 1978 are worth reading. She writes like this, for example:

I can’t look at an object too much or it sets me on fire. More mysterious than the soul is matter. More enigmatic than the thought, is the “thing”. The thing that is miraculously concrete in your hands. Furthermore, the thing is great proof of the spirit. A word is also a thing—a winged thing that I pluck from the air with my mouth when I speak.

If someone could learn to imitate her, they would become the next most talented writer. Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to do that.


  1. To Belong Is to Live (Brown Alumni Magazine)