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A Breath of Life

(1978)
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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 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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"One of the twentieth century's most mysterious writers." - Orhan Pamuk


Used availability for Clarice Lispector's A Breath of Life

Paperback Editions

April 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Breath of Life (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-14-119737-4 / 978-0-14-119737-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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June 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Breath of Life (New Directions Books)
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-8112-1962-3 / 978-0-8112-1962-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Kindle Editions

June 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Breath of Life: Pulsations (New Directions Books)
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
Publisher: New Directions
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