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Clarice Lispector (December 10, 1920 - December 9, 1977) was a Brazilian writer. Acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels, she was also an accomplished writer of short stories and a journalist with a regular national column.
Considered one of the greatest Brazilian prose writers of the twentieth century, Clarice Lispector was born in Chechelnyk, a shtetl in Ukraine, while her family was in transit to Brazil. By the time of their arrival in Brazil, she was two months old. Her family first settled in Maceió, Alagoas, where her mother had family relations, and later moved to Recife, Pernambuco, where she went to elementary and high school, and wrote her first essays. After her mother's death, the family moved again, to Rio de Janeiro, when Clarice was already 14 years old. There, she studied law and married her classmate Maury Gurgel Valente. After he entered the diplomatic corps she moved to Europe, living in Naples, Berne, Torquay (England), and Washington. She returned to Brazil in 1959.
“Quero escrever puro movimento (...) Eu escrevo como se fosse para salvar a vida de alguém. Provavelmente a minha própria vida. Viver é uma espécie de loucura que a morte faz. Vivam os mortos, porque neles vivemos. De repente as coisas não precisam mais fazer sentido. Satisfaço-me em ser. Tu és? Tenho certeza que sim. O não sentido das coisas me faz ter um sorriso de complacência. Decerto tudo deve estar sendo o que é.”