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LYGIA FAGUNDES TELLES

"Recently, I was idly perusing some of Lygia Fagundes Telles' books which have been my constant companions these past years, so that I can dip into the superb pages at random, when suddenly I chanced again upon a tale which is a true masterpiece called Pomba Enamorada. I read it yet again, word by word, syllable by syllable, gently savoring the pungent bitterness of those honeyed phrases almost reaching out to touch the subtle teardrops of irony. Then, in a flash of inspiration, I thought that maybe the "Portuguese neighbor", the woman in the tale without a name or even a shadow, who concocts a restorative (the girl is just flesh and bone!) for the tormented yet faithful lover maybe this woman, simply being Portuguese and openhearted, without my noticing it the first time I read the story, had been the prime motive for this type of "neighborly affinity", that since then, or rather since for ever, has made me keep Lygia's works constantly by my side."
Jose Saramago. Interview for Cadernos de Literatura Brasileira magazine.

"In Lygia Fagundes Telles' short stories, the sensuality cultivated by the narrator obscures the knowledge he may have of the world and favors his self knowledge. As part of the written word, the dramatization of sensuality does not make the literary task the ideal vehicle for so-called metaphysical matters, questions about the essence of being, or the condition of man on planet earth and his position in history. It makes the literary exercise more suitable for better comprehension of the successive "perceptions" which blaze a trail and leave a powerful impression on the human mind. They settle in the narrators mind, reorganizing and perfecting the insufficient wisdom of both the narrator and the reader, and which we have over the desires and weaknesses of the human spirit."
In: SANTIAGO, Silviano. Cadernos de Literatura Brasileira, v.5