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A Breath of Life (New Directions Paperbook) - Clarice Lispector
A Breath of Life (New Directions Paperbook)
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780811219624 (0811219623)
ASIN: 0811219623
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 220
Edition language: English
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Silvie's bookshelf
Silvie's bookshelf rated it
2.0 A Breath of Life (New Directions Paperbook)
A true masterpiece. The end reminded me of "Le roi se meurt" and of "The Death of Ivan Ilyich", both briliantly written.
Tasseled Booklikes
Tasseled Booklikes rated it
2.0
- The book is obviously written by a dying person as reflection of life, which makes it hard for a reader like me, who lacks worldly experience to relate to it.- The book has no plot, it is a book about nothing. instead, the narrative is pure stream of consciousness about feelings and associations.-...
M Sarki
M Sarki rated it
I am going to exercise caution, and out of respect for others faith and strong beliefs I will refrain from commenting too strongly on what I have just finished reading here. It is obvious to me that Clarice Lispector thought a great deal about her own death and dying. The book is highly meditative...
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proustitute rated it
4.0 A Breath of Life (New Directions Paperbook)
An unnamed male author creates a female character, Angela Pralini, to act as a vessel for his thoughts. The two sets of dialogues soon become conjoined; the myriad reflections on writing, identity, and anxiety become a discourse the two share, proving that a fictionalization of oneself—for an artist...
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