In Água Viva Clarice Lispector aims to 'capture the present'. Her direct, confessional and unfiltered meditations on everything from life and time to perfume and sleep are strange and hypnotic in their emotional power and have been a huge influence on many artists and writers, including one Brazilian musician who read it one hundred and eleven times. Despite its apparent spontaneity, this is a masterly work of art, which rearranges language and plays in the gaps between reality and fiction.
Translated by Stefan Tobler
With an Introduction by Benjamin Moser
About the Author
Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian novelist and short story writer. Her innovation in fiction brought her international renown. She was born in the Ukraine in 1920, but in the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Civil War, the family fled to Romania and eventually Brazil. She published her first novel, Near to the Wildheart in 1943 when she was just twenty-three, and the next year was awarded the Graca Aranha Prize for the best first novel. She died in 1977, shortly after the publication of her final novel, The Hour of the Star.
An emblematic twentieth-century artist who belongs in the same pantheon as Kafka and Joyce Edmund White Lispector stands at the pinnacle of Brazil's impressive literary achievement Washington Post Book World One of the very great writers of the last century Guardian
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 26th March 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8 x 0.7
Weight (kg): 0.09
Edition Number: 1