Agua Viva

by Clarice Lispector

Agua Viva

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Published towards the end of Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector's life, Agua Viva is a short meditation on life and time. Newly translated by Stefan Tobler, with an introduction by Benjamin Moser.

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2012

A World On The Page: Five Great Travel Memoirs

Now that we've toured Tokyo, Bombay, Paris and the Pacific Northwest, let's travel to another planet entirely, courtesy of Clarice Lispector. Thanks to New Directions, we have fresh translations of a number of the late Brazilian novelist's books, including the unclassifiable (is it a memoir? Meditation? Ars poetica?) Agua Viva.

Lispector possesses Colette's sensuousness, her love of animals and tug toward mysticism — but with an eccentric, addictive prose style all her own.

Parul Sehgal

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