This is a fictional account of a woman’s attempt to escape from conventional time and exist instead in a perpetually renewing “this instant-now”. Lispector pursued this same seemingly impossible aim through a number of books – getting closer and closer to the confused and thrilling feeling of fully conscious aliveness. Água Viva is where she succeeds most amazingly.
—Toby Litt, The Guardian

Lispector at her most philosophically radical.

Água Viva

Fiction by Clarice Lispector

Translated by Stefan Tobler

Edited by Benjamin Moser

A meditation on the nature of life and time, Água Viva (1973) shows Lispector discovering a new means of writing about herself, more deeply transforming her individual experience into a universal poetry. In a body of work as emotionally powerful, formally innovative, and philosophically profound as Clarice Lispector’s, Água Viva stands out as a particular triumph.

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Paperback (published June 13, 2012)

ISBN
9780811219907
Price US
14.95
Price CN
16
Page Count
128

Ebook (published June 13, 2012)

ISBN
9780811220729
Price US
14.95

Clarice Lispector

20th-century Brazilian writer

This is a fictional account of a woman’s attempt to escape from conventional time and exist instead in a perpetually renewing “this instant-now”. Lispector pursued this same seemingly impossible aim through a number of books – getting closer and closer to the confused and thrilling feeling of fully conscious aliveness. Água Viva is where she succeeds most amazingly.
—Toby Litt, The Guardian
Her images dazzle even when her meaning is most obscure, and when she is writing of what she despises she is lucidity itself.
The Times Literary Supplement
This is a book that, like a good painting, can be picked up anywhere and that will continue to reward renewed contact over months and years of acquaintance.
—Scott Esposito, Barnes & Noble Review
Água Viva is like nothing else you’ve ever read, and, like the other Lispector re-editions, reading it is an experience you won’t want to miss.
The Coffin Factory
Brilliant and unclassifiable…Glamorous, cultured, moody, Lispector is an emblematic twentieth-century artist who belongs in the same pantheon as Kafka and Joyce.
—Edmund White