Lóri, a primary school teacher, is isolated and nervous, comfortable with children but unable to connect to adults. When she meets Ulisses, a professor of philosophy, an opportunity opens: a chance to escape the shipwreck of introspection and embrace the love, including the sexual love, of a man. Her attempt, as Sheila Heti writes in her afterword, is not only “to love and to be loved,” but also “to be worthy of life itself.”
Originally published in 1968, An Apprenticeship is Clarice Lispector’s attempt to reinvent herself following the exhausting effort of her metaphysical masterpiece The Passion According to G. H. In this unconventional love story,she explores the ways in which people try to bridge the gaps between them.
160 pages. Paperback.
About the Author
A behemoth of Brazilian literature, Clarice Lispector was born in 1920 to a Jewish family in western Ukraine. As a result of the anti-Semitic violence they endured, the family fled to Brazil in 1922, and Clarice Lispector grew up in Recife and Rio de Janeiro. She lived in Italy, Switzerland, England, and the United States with her diplomat husband, until they separated and she returned to Rio in 1959; she died there in 1977. She is widely considered to be Brazil’s greatest modern writer and the most important Jewish writer since Kafka.