Original title: A maçã no escuro (1961)
Author: Clarice Lispector
Translator: Gregory Rabassa

A man wanders through the deserted backlands in search of a new beginning. He wants to escape from the city, forget the past, start his life from scratch, even to the extent of learning how to see, speak and write anew, because modern society has driven him to the brink of madness and he has committed a crime. The man, Martim, reaches an isolated farm where he is begrudgingly employed by the owner, the frosty, authoritarian Vitória, and where he becomes a source of fascination for her young widowed sister-in-law Ermelinda. A complicated emotional triangle forms between these three as Martim empathises intellectually with Vítoria but desires Ermelinda physically. Each of the characters is restless and dissatisfied with their sense of identity: Martim is plagued by existential anguish, Ermelinda longs for self-validation and security, and Vitória struggles to disguise her fear that she has wasted her life and her femininity by devoting herself to the farm. (This is an excerpt of a review by Claire Williams, at Babel Guide to Brazilian Fiction, Boulevard Books, 2001)


Apple in The Dark_Clarice Lispector

Hardcover: 384 pages
Published by Virago New Fiction, 1985
Translator: Gregory Rabassa
ISBN 10: 0860685500 
ISBN 13: 9780860685500
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The Apple In The Dark_2_Clarice Lispector

Paperback: 361 pages
 Publisher: University of Texas Press (31 Dec. 1986)
 Translator: Gregory Rabassa
 ISBN-10: 0292703929
 ISBN-13: 978-0292703926
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The Apple In The Dark_Clarice Lispector

 Hardcover: 445 pages
 Publisher: Haus Publishing (1 Oct. 2009)
 Translator: Gregory Rabassa
 Introduction by Benjamin Moser
 ISBN-10: 1906598452
 ISBN-13: 978-1906598457
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