Clarice Lispector

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About Clarice Lispector Clarice Lispector (December 10, 1920 - December 9, 1977) was a Brazilian writer. Acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories, she was also a journalist and a translator. A legendary figure in Brazil, renowned for her uncommon and unique writing style, her great personal beauty —— the American translator Gregory Rabassa recalled being "flabbergasted to meet that rare person who looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf," —— and her eccentric personality, Clarice is now considered (with João Guimarães Rosa) one of the two most outstanding Brazilian prose writers of the twentieth century.Born to a Jewish family in Podolia in Western Ukraine, Clarice Lispector was brought to Brazil as an infant, amidst the disasters engulfing her native land following the First World War. She grew up in northeastern Brazil, where her mother died when she was nine. The family moved to Rio de Janeiro when she was in her teens. While in law school in Rio she began publishing her first journalistic work and short stories, catapulting to fame at age 23 with the publication of her first novel, Near to the Wild Heart, written as an interior monologue in a style and language that was considered revolutionary in Brazil. She left Brazil in 1944, following her marriage to a Brazilian diplomat, and spent the next decade and a half in Europe and the United States. Upon return to Rio de Janeiro in 1959, she began producing her most famous works, including the stories of Family Ties and the great mystic novel The Passion According to G.H.. Wounded in an accident in 1966, she spent the last decade of her life in frequent pain, steadily writing and publishing novels and stories until her premature death in 1977. Though her books were often reputed to be difficult or hermetic during her lifetime, her fame and reputation have not ceased to increase since her death. She is the subject of numerous books, and references to her and her work are common in Brazilian literature and music. Several of her works have been turned into films.

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Brazil Writers & Authors Ranking

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Rank Name Total
6. Guimarães Rosa 17001
7. Euclides da Cunha 15000
8. Carlos Drummond 13001
9. Graciliano Ramos 12270
10. Clarice Lispector 10829
11. Jorge Amado 10550
12. Marislei Brasileiro 10417
13. Edmar Torres Alves 9545
14. Paulo Coelho 8818

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Rank Name Total
42. Graciliano Ramos 12270
43. Ivan Vazov 12154
44. Ivo Andric 12070
45. Orhan Pamuk 11289
46. Clarice Lispector 10829
47. Jorge Amado 10550
48. Marislei Brasileiro 10417
49. Hemin Mukriyani 10325
50. Kateb Yacine 10121

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