Minhas queridas / My Dears
Letters , 2007
This collection contains Clarice Lispector’s private letters to her sisters, Tania and Elisa, written between 1940 and 1957, from her time in Rio de Janeiro as a journalist until her years in Washington, the last diplomatic posting she shared with her husband, Maury Gurgel Valente. These 120 letters were produced during a period of prolific literary production, during which the Brazilian author honed the basis of her highly personal style. Some are written “with a flying pen”, while others are more reflective. Sent from locations ranging from war-torn Naples to 1950s America, these letters are the necessary, sometimes essential, key to understanding the author’s literary career, upon which they shed new light.