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The Woman Who Killed the Fish

(2021)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Four beguiling tales for children—a surprising new facet of Clarice Lispector’s genius

“That woman who killed the fish unfortunately is me,” begins the title story, but “if it were my fault, I’d own up to you, since I don’t lie to boys and girls. I only lie sometimes to a certain type of grownup because there’s no other way.” Enumerating all the animals she’s loved—cats, dogs, lizards, chickens, monkeys—Clarice finally asks: “Do you forgive me?”

       “The Mystery of the Thinking Rabbit” is a detective story which explains that bunnies think with their noses: for a single idea a bunny might “scrunch up his nose fifteen thousand times” (he may not be too bright, but “he’s not foolish at all when it comes to making babies”). The third tale, “Almost True,” is a shaggy dog yarn narrated by a pooch who is very worried about a wicked witch: “I am a dog named Ulisses and my owner is Clarice.” The wonderful last story, “Laura’s Intimate Life” stars “the nicest hen I’ve ever seen.” Laura is “quite dumb,” but she has her “little thoughts and feelings. Not a lot, but she’s definitely got them. Just knowing she’s not completely dumb makes her feel all chatty and giddy. She thinks that she thinks.” A visitor with one eye from Jupiter arrives and vows Laura will never be eaten: she’s been worrying since “humans are a weird sort of person” who can love hens and eat them, too. Such throwaway wisdom abounds: “Don’t even getting me started.” These delightful, high-hearted stories, written for her own boys, have charm to burn—and are a treat for every Lispector reader.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

June 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Woman Who Killed the Fish
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-8112-2960-2 / 978-0-8112-2960-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Kindle Editions

June 2021 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Woman Who Killed the Fish
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
Publisher: New Directions
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU