A passionate, tender work, An Apprenticeship
is also perhaps Lispector’s most accessible. She herself admitted as much; in it, she remarked 'I humanized myself.'
— Lit Hub
In An Apprenticeship
, Lóri performs a sort of gonzo-philosophy, putting her body in service of an internal monologue in which she struggles to understand herself, her writing, and sexual desire as a whole.
— Los Angeles Review of Books
This deep immersion into the vicissitudes of love will delight Lispector devotees.
— Publishers Weekly
A genius on the level of Nabokov.
— Jeff Vandermeer - Slate
The revival of the hypnotic Clarice Lispector has been one of the true literary events of the 21st century.
— Parul Sehgal - The New York Times
Spellbinding and endlessly fascinating.
— The Spectator
Lispector had an ability to write as though no one had ever written before. One of the hidden geniuses of the twentieth century, in the same league as Flann O'Brien, Borges, and Pessoa—utterly original and brilliant, haunting and disturbing.
— Colm Tóibín
Every translation of her writing is belated and urgent. We’re playing catch-up. Don’t hesitate... Lispector’s writing is like glass: granular detail turned to liquid under impossible heat, and then hardened and crystallized into a wet, new thing. Its fragility requires a certain patience to handle; it always feels on the edge of shattering. It turns the sky into a kind of object. It welcomes the light.
— Audrey Wollen - The New York Times
Her writing is hypnotic and evocative, drawing out deep emotional truths, while playing with form. An Apprenticeship
is an attempt to understand human connection and its limits, following a woman on her earnest journey out of solitude and in search of love.