In her translator’s note for the 2012 edition of Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H., Idra Novey recounts an anecdote told to her by a friend in Brazil of a Lispector reader who was sure that if she and the author were able to meet, they would feel a profound connection to one another. The young woman managed to get in touch with Lispector, who agreed to meet with her. When she arrived at Lispector’s apartment, the writer sat and stared at her in silence until the reader finally left out of discomfort.

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