A Breath of Life: Pulsations (Paperback)
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 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.
Series editor BenjaminMoser, who contributes afterwords for all four of these new translations, is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, published in paperback by Oxford University Press in May 2012. He is currently working on a biography of Susan Sontag.
Johnny Lorenz teaches literature at Montclair State University. His poems, translations, and critical essays have appeared in many journals. His translation of Clarice Lispector's novel A Breath of Life is forthcoming from New Directions.