Margherita Pascucci


Forgiving God (translated by Katrina Dodson). The Complete Short Stories of Clarice Lispector. Edited and introduced by Benjamin Moser. New York: New Directions Publishing, 2015. [“Perdoando Deus”. Felicidade clandestina. Rio de Janeiro: Rocco, 1998.]

Author: Clarice Lispector

Introductory remarks

Writing as a Way of Accepting Suffering. Diaries, Letters and Short Stories

“I sometimes wonder whether the act of surrender is not one of the greatest of all – the highest. It is one of the [most] difficult of all… You see it’s so immensely complicated. It needs real humility and at the same time, an absolute belief in one’s own essential freedom. It is an act of faith. At the last moments, like all great acts, it is pure risk. This is true for me as a human being and as a writer. Dear Heaven, how hard it is to let go – to step into the blue. And yet one’s creative life depends on it and one desires to do nothing else.” […] “One must submit. Do not resist. Take it. Be overwhelmed. Accept it fully. Make it part of life. Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. So, suffering must become Love. This is the mystery.”

KATHERINE MANSFIELD, The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield