Nurit Zarchi On:

Monkeys by Clarice Lispector

The common way of writing seems natural because there is a style called realism, but in fact it is not a style, whatever your opinion of it may be. Clarice Lispector sees a different realia—if writing is the dispersal of mental-linguistic materials, her dispersal is different. In the center of the story “Monkeys” is the motif of passion and death, and the subject of course remains unrevealed, merely peeping stealthily as it occurs in everyday life. Without pathos, without getting caught in philosophical discussions, in a mysterious and impalpable way, Lispector presents the tragic that is clad in everyday clothes as it is exposed naked behind them.


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