The Smallest Woman in the World” is a short story written by Clarice Lispector which is centered on a character named “Little Flower” by a. The story can be seen as a magic realist story because the author talks about two figurative worlds that exist at the same time without being. yet another box-among the smallest pygmies in the world, he found the Marcel Pretre came face to face with a woman no more than 90 Clarice Lispector.

Author: Kigaran Gardahn
Country: Burundi
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Relationship
Published (Last): 5 July 2006
Pages: 459
PDF File Size: 18.95 Mb
ePub File Size: 8.68 Mb
ISBN: 191-5-74609-780-8
Downloads: 71350
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tezragore

You are commenting using your Facebook account.

“The Smallest Woman in the World” – “A Menor Mulher do Mundo”- by Clarice Lispector

A triumphant upheaval of M. The photograph of M.

If you look, you can find this story online. It is a strange fable like story centering on a legendary explorer of Africa encounter with what the story tells us is “the smallest woman in the world”. One brief vignette, presented early on in the exhibition of urban women, offers a poignant portrait of a lesbian whose desires are closed even to herself.

Help Center Find new research papers in: It is a reaction derived from discomfort and disgust at that which is considered to be abnormal or unacceptable. This passage shows another example of longing to possess Little Flower and use her as an object or treat her as non-human.


Log In Sign Up. In a typical Lispector denouement after this epiphany, the mother retreats from the brute nature of love that the photograph of Little Flower has exposed. Clarice Lispector — was Brazilian journalist, translator and author of fiction. We read it in Family Ties. Subverting our expectations of the commonplaces of this story clarie a Lispector strategy that Elizabeth Bishop both appreciated and practiced.

The Smallest Woman In The World by Chantal Savard on Prezi

The message of the story is that being exposed to unfamiliarity generates a feeling of discomfort, longing, a need to classify and understand, or a want to own and exploit as well as an objectifying regard of the unfamiliar.

No, Little Flower responds with an unselfconscious gesture that could only be interpreted as extremely rude in M. These lines get at the core of Lispector, so far:. And how many times we will kill out of love. I do know that in Brazilian society inthe lighter one was the higher your social status tended to be, especially for women in the marriage market. Life is a double bind trap, a cruel joke on those who understand the masks they must wear and a reduction of us all to a much smaller person than we could be.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. And she felt horror at her own soul that, more than her body, had engendered that being fit for life and happiness.


This site uses cookies. Taboclaon, Donna Tartt, Lysley Tenorio. The woman is described as leaving mostly in the trees and coming from an endangered tribe which is pursued by cannibals. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: She now possesses a frightening knowledge about the unreliable nature of love, which the narrator articulates: Then she looked at her clever son as if looking at a dangerous stranger.

For the short story reader. Brazil has its own very complicated history of race relations in a once slave based economy and it would take some pondering how one should take this, Smallesf think. The story line then returns to the slightly claustrophobic domestic scenes of Lispector when a picture of the woman appears in the Sunday Paper and a people begin to talk about her.

She considered the cruel necessity of loving.

Igoni Barrett, Belle Boggs, A. But her feminism is also in service of a larger concern about the nature of existence. For questions or comments, contact us. She considered the malignity of our desire to be happy.