Monday, June 06, 2011

Reader's Diary #720- Clarice Lespector (translated by Elizabeth Bishop): The Hen

This week my reading takes me to Brazil via Africa. Last week's story, José Eduardo Agualusa's "If Nothing Else Helps, Read Clarice" (from Angola) was apparently named for Brazilian author Clarice Lispector, whom I was also not familiar with, and so here I am.

"The Hen," is about a hen. No surprise there. That the hen would be the protagonist, I didn't see coming. The hen in question is about to be eaten.

Perhaps it is the animal that gives it a fable like feel, but a moral at the end is hard to decipher. Using it as a parable or metaphor for human behaviour/fate is a little more doable, but I wouldn't want to influence your interpretation with my own. It's a quick read and stands alone without trying to read anything else into it, so I suggest giving it a go.

(Did you write a post for Short Story Monday? If so, please leave a link in the comments below.)


SuziQoregon said...

Hmmm - this one sounds intriguing - might have to check it out.

I'm kicking off my entry into Short Story Monday with my very first Agatha Christie

The Tuesday Night Club.

Julie @ Read Handed said...

Interesting to see a hen as a main character. I love Elizabeth Bishop's poetry, so it would be interesting to see whether her voice comes through at all in the translation of this story. My Short Story Monday post is here.

John Mutford said...

SuziQoregon: Christie's a great place to start. Welcome aboard!

Julie: I didn't know she was a poet, but I would be interested in knowing if a translator's voice comes through.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's an intriguing little story. I think I may be that hen.

Teddy Rose said...

I'll have to give it a try. I was away and didn't have time to post. I was at the BEA and Book Blogger Convention in New York. I had never been to NYC before so I went a few days before the BEA and did some touristy stuff.

I'm now trying to catch up. I reviewed the short story collection, The Beautiful One Has Come: