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The Besieged City

(1949)
A novel by

 
 
Seven decades after its original publication, Clarice Lispector's third novel - the story of a girl and the city her gaze reveals - is in English at last

Seven decades after its original publication, Clarice Lispector's third novel - the story of a girl and the city her gaze reveals - is in English at last. Lucrecia Neves is ready to marry. Her suitors - soldierly Felipe, pensive Perseu, dependable Mateus - are attracted to her tawdry not-quite-beauty, which is of a piece with Sao Geraldo, the rough-and-ready township she inhabits. Civilization is on its way to this place, where wild horses still roam. As Lucrecia is tamed by marriage, Sao Geraldo gradually expels its horses; and as the town strives for the highest attainment it can conceive - a viaduct - it takes on the progressively more metropolitan manners that Lucrecia, with her vulgar ambitions, desires too. Yet it is precisely through this woman's superficiality - her identification with the porcelain knickknacks in her mother's parlor - that Clarice Lispector creates a profound and enigmatic meditation on "the mystery of the thing." Written in Europe shortly after Clarice Lispector's own marriage, The Besieged City is a proving ground for the intricate language and the radical ideas that characterize one of her century's greatest writers - and an ironic ode to the magnetism of the material.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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April 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Besieged City
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-8112-2671-9 / 978-0-8112-2671-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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December 1999 : UK Hardback

Title: The Besieged City
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 1-85754-061-1 / 978-1-85754-061-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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August 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Besieged City (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-241-37137-6 / 978-0-241-37137-4 (UK edition)
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August 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Besieged City (Penguin Modern Classics)
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Title: The Besieged City
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