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Lispector at her most philosophically radical.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“One of 20th-century Brazil’s most intriguing and mystifying writers.” — The L Magazine