The Obscene Madame D (Paperback)
"Is it metaphysical or just a big fuck fest?" Such is the question posed by another Hilda Hilst's characters in what was known to shocked and baffled critics as the Obscene tetralogy. And it seem like the elderly Madame D might go full Fifty Shades of Gray on Mr. D if she would only come out of her hiding place under the stairs. What? I don't know. But I do know that this book baffled and bowled me over from beginning to end, in the best of ways.— Molly
The Obscene Madame D is the first work by acclaimed Brazilian author Hilda Hilst to be published in English. Radically irreverent and formally impious, this novel portrays an unyielding radical intelligence, a sixty-year-old woman who decides to live in the recess under the stairs. In her diminutive space, Madame D--for dereliction--relives the perplexity of her recently deceased lover who cannot comprehend her rejection of common sense, sex, and a simple life, in favor of metaphysical speculations that he supposes to be delusional and vain.