Avec ce portrait passionnant et sensible, Benjamin Moser nous révèle, sans en altérer la part d'ombre, la troublante identité de celle qui pouvait dire « je suis si mystérieuse que je ne me comprends pas moi-même ». La petite fille née en Ukraine inventait des histoires magiques pour sauver sa mère, condamnée par les violences subies lors d'une terrible guerre civile. Écrivaine reconnue, Clarice Lispector n'abandonne pas sa croyance dans la force magique du langage. Elle place au coeur de son oeuvre la question des noms et de la nomination, proche en cela de la démarche des mystiques juifs. Elle ne cessa jamais de s'approprier les mots et d'en faire ressortir toute l'étrangeté jusqu'à devenir la « princesse de la langue portugaise ». Les nombreuses citations d'une oeuvre qui fut peut-être la « plus grande autobiographie spirituelle du XXe siècle » nous invitent à lire ou relire, inlassablement, la prose unique de Clarice Lispector.
A Finalist for the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography One of O Magazine 's Best Books of the Year One of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 's Best Books of the Year One of the Seattle Times' Most Interesting Biographies of the Year One of New York Magazine's Best and Biggest Books to Read This Fall One of the New York Times' 17 New Books to Watch For in September One of the Washington Post 's Ten Books to Read this September The definitive portrait of one of the American Century's most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face No writer is as emblematic of the American twentieth century as Susan Sontag. Mythologized and misunderstood, lauded and loathed, a girl from the suburbs who became a proud symbol of cosmopolitanism, Sontag left a legacy of writing on art and politics, feminism and homosexuality, celebrity and style, medicine and drugs, radicalism and Fascism and Freudianism and Communism and Americanism, that forms an indispensable key to modern culture. She was there when the Cuban Revolution began, and when the Berlin Wall came down; in Vietnam under American bombardment, in wartime Israel, in besieged Sarajevo. She was in New York when artists tried to resist the tug of money--and when many gave in. No writer negotiated as many worlds; no serious writer had as many glamorous lovers. Sontag tells these stories and examines the work upon which her reputation was based. It explores the agonizing insecurity behind the formidable public face: the broken relationships, the struggles with her sexuality, that animated--and undermined--her writing. And it shows her attempts to respond to the cruelties and absurdities of a country that had lost its way, and her conviction that fidelity to high culture was an activism of its own. Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo--and featuring nearly one hundred images-- Sontag is the first book based on the writer's restricted archives, and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait--a great American novel in the form of a biography.