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  • Published: 29 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241597576
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 752
  • RRP: $45.00

Too Much of Life

Complete Chronicles



This exhilarating collection of non-fiction sees one of the greatest twentieth-century writers meditating on the small moments that make up a life

'How did I so unwittingly transform the joy of living into the great luxury of being alive?'

Between 1967 and 1977, Clarice Lispector wrote weekly dispatches from her desk in Rio for the Jornal do Brasil. Already famous for her revolutionary, interior, metaphysical novels, in her Chronicles she turns her attention to the everyday, turning the material of her life into profound, touching and funny, tiny revelations.

Observing the world around her, small encounters like hearing tales of the lost loves of a taxi driver, or the bitterness lurking beneath the prettiness of an old friend, become an exposition of the currents and foibles that define our lives. Everything from the meaning of cosmonauts to the new ideas, writers and artists that populate the sparkling international world of the sixties and seventies are considered and transformed into jewels of insight, delight and devastation.

Sincere and playful, exhilarating and contemplative, Too Much of Life: Complete Chronicles opens up a new way of seeing the world.

  • Published: 29 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241597576
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 752
  • RRP: $45.00

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Praise for Too Much of Life

An emblematic twentieth-century artist who belongs in the same pantheon as Kafka and Joyce

Edmund White

Plenty of writers inspire fierce devotion in their readers... but no one converts the uninitiated into devout believers as suddenly and as vertiginously as Clarice Lispector, the Latin American visionary, Ukrainian-Jewish mystic, and middle-class housewife and mother so revered by her Brazilian fans that she's known by a single name: "Clarice"

New Republic

She writes with sensuous verve, bringing her earliest passions into adult life intact, along with a child's undiminished capacity for wonder

The New York Times Book Review

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