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A Breath of Life: Pulsations (New Directions Books)by Clarice Lispector
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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.
"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 rendered schizoid duet comprising the exchanges between the 'Author' (a male approximation of Lispector) and Angela Pralini, a textual manifestation of his 'dark' 'interior dialogue' whom he loves yet simultaneously wants to destroy. Because the Author cannot clearly define Angela, or separate her from himself — much like Lispector (Ãgua Viva) cannot separate herself from the Author — the novel does not progress in a traditional sense. Rather, the Author admits that 'What this book is missing is a bang. A scandal — ' something to put Angela on a trajectory other than that of her creator. As the two wrestle with the conditions of their relationship, they each offer transcendent insights into the writing process, the artifice of character creation, the morbid, and the absurd, as when the Author laments being 'objectif' as a writer, and Angela asks entreatingly, 'But does anyone hear me?' While the innovative nature of the work will likely appeal to fans of Beckett, Lispector's intoxicating prose makes this experimental dialogue special. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
About the Author
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.
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