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Idra Novey

Contemporary American poet and translator

Idra Novey is the author of Exit, Civilian, selected for the 2011 National Poetry Series and The Next Country, a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Book of the Year Award in poetry. Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, the Leonard Lopate Show, in Slate, The Paris Review, and Poetry.  In 2012, she received the Friends of Literature Award from the Poetry Foundation for several poems in her cahier from Sylph Editions, Clarice: The Visitor, a sequence of poems about house guests, translation, and syntactic breakdowns.  Her translations prior to Clarice Lispector’s The Passion According to G.H. include Viscount Lascano Tegui’s novel On Elegance While Sleeping, shortlisted for the 2010 Best Translated Book Award and collections of poems by Manoel de Barros and Paulo Henriques Britto. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.


The Passion According to G.H.

Fiction by Clarice Lispector

translated by Idra Novey
Edited by Benjamin Moser

The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector's mystical novel of 1964, concerns a well-to-do Rio sculptress, G.H., who enters her maid's room, sees a cockroach crawling out of the wardrobe, and, panicking, slams the door — crushing the cockroach — and then watches it die. At the end of the novel, at the height of a spiritual crisis, comes the most famous and most genuinely shocking scene in brazilian literature…