Selected Shorts: A Celebration of Clarice Lispector
Where: Symphony Space
212-864-1414 Price: $30
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Actors including Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story) and Lynn Cohen (Sex and the City), as well as author Idra Novey, pay tribute to Clarice Lispector, “that rare person who looked like Marlene Dietrich and wrote like Virginia Woolf.” A cultural icon in Brazil, her work has only recently come to light in the States thanks to an award-winning translation published by New Directions. Arresting, magnetic and remarkable, her stories blend the mundane and the mystical, leaving readers unsettled somewhere in between.
“[Her characters] ask small questions but there is always the sense that the answers might turn out to be much larger, or more disquieting, than [they] have bargained for.” –Colm Toibin
“And when I think a word is strange that’s where it achieves the meaning. And when I think life is strange that’s where life begins.” –Clarice Lispector