The Passion According to G. H.

The Passion According to G. H.

The action: an artist watches a cockroach die. That is all. In this profound novel, Lispector's prose is as unsettling as the subject matter, and the religious experience described is as awe-inspiring as the style used to describe it. We are indeed "moist and salty beings."



The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector's mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid's room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door--crushing the cockroach--and then watches it die. At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuinely shocking scene in Brazilian literature...

Lispector wrote that of all her works this novel was the one that "best corresponded to her demands as a writer."
Publication Date: 
June 20, 2012