The Besieged City

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THE BESIEGED CITY
by Clarice Lispector
published by Penguin

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Lucrecia Neves is vain, unreflective, insolently superficial, almost mute. She may have no inner life at all. As she morphs from small-town girl to worldly wife of a rich man, and her small home town surrenders to the forces of progress, Lucrecia seeks perfection: to be an object, serene, smooth, beyond the burden of words or even thought itself. A book that obsessed its author, The Besieged City is unlike any other work in Lispector's canon: a story of transformation, of what it means to see and to be seen.

- paperback: 224 pages
- product dimensions: 129 x 198 mm
- ISBN: 9780241371374