A Breath of Life by Clarice Lispector
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A mystical dialogue between a male author and his creation, this posthumous work has never before been translated, and is a book of particular beauty and strangeness.

A mystical dialogue between a male author (a thinly disguised Clarice Lispector) and his/her creation, a woman named Angela, this posthumous work has never before been translated. Lispector did not even live to see it published.

At her death, a mountain of fragments remained to be “structured” by Olga Borelli. These fragments form a dialogue between a god-like author who infuses the breath of life into his creation: the speaking, breathing, dying creation herself, Angela Pralini. The work’s almost occult appeal arises from the perception that if Angela dies, Clarice will have to die as well. And she did.


About Clarice Lispector

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Clarice Lispector (1925-1977), the author of such works as Near to the Wild Heart, The Hour of the Star, and The Passion According to G. H., is the internationally acclaimed novelist and short-story writer from Brazil and the subject of Benjamin Moser's magisterial biography Why This World. The son of Brazilian immigrants, Johnny Lorenz teaches at Montclair State University and received a Fulbright for his work in Brazilian literature. Series editor Benjamin Moser, who contributes afterwords for all four of these new translations, is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, due out in paperback from Oxford University Press in May 2012. He also just completed a new translation of Lispector's The Hour of the Star.
Published June 13, 2012 by New Directions. 220 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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One in a series of four new translations, this is the first time this posthumous book from one of Brazil's most renowned writers has been translated into English. The novel is a lyrical and expertly r

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City Book Review

I want to reach the most intimate secret of whatever exists.” Published posthumously, A Breath of Life began as a collection of notes, organized and edited by the author’s friend Olga Borelli.

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Full Stop

In Clarice Lispector’s novel A Breath of Life, fiction becomes a method for living in time — that is, a method for dying.

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The Coffin Factory

In the introduction to A Breath of Life, series editor Benjamin Moser writes that the new editions of the four Clarice Lispector “is the most important project of translation into English of a Latin American author since the complete works of Jorge Luis Borges were published a decade ago.” After...

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