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ALSO BY CLARICE LISPECTOR AVAILABLE FROM NEW DIRECTIONS  AGUA VIVA  A Breath of Life  The Foreign Legion TIJe Hour of the ...
Copyright    1973 by the Heirs of Clarice Lispector Translation copyright    2012 by Stefan Tobler Introduction copyright ...
Breathing Together  THE BREVITY AND APPARENT SIMPLICITY OF AGUA VIVA  mask several years of Clarice Lispector s struggle t...
many explicit biographical references. But Loud Object, weighing in at IS5 pages, was even longer than Beyond Thougl t  15...
about how to use her personal experience lead to repeated meditations on the creative process itself. Throughout Loud Obje...
produces sentences-often fragments of sentences-that veer toward abstraction without ever quite reaching it. Her goal, mys...
As Borelli understood, this  spineless  writing is not random, or even abstract. Instead, its consistency more properly be...
Agua Viva
IT S WITH SUCH PROFOUND HAPPINESS. SUCH A HALLE-  lujah. Hallelujah, I shout, hallelujah merging with the darkest human ho...
too, I am this very second forever in the now. Only the act of love-the limpid star-like abstraction of feeling-captures t...
I must also write to you because you harvest discursive words and not the directness of my painting. I know that my phrase...
upon myself the severity of a taut language, I impose upon myself the nakedness of a white skeleton free of humours. But t...
immediacy that absorbs the present instant and turns it into the past. I, alive and glimmering like the instants, spark an...
swaying yellow, and I who have barely started my journey  I start it with a sense of tragedy, guessing toward which lost o...
symbols heavy as ripe fruits. I choose mistaken resemblances but that drag me through the tangle. A trace memory of the co...
and sleepwalking reality, creates me. And all of me rolls and as I roll on the ground I add to myself in leaves, I, anonym...
fogs I already breathe today. My aura is mystery oflife. I surpass myself abdicating myself and am therefore the world  I ...
Fortunately that feeling doesn t last long because I can t bear it to stay and if it did it would lead to madness. But my ...
But I ll keep following myself Elastic. This forest where I survive in order to be is such a mystery. But now I think thin...
My personal is humus in the earth and lives from rotting. My  it  is hard like a pebble. The transcendence inside me is th...
their powder to turn them into milk. It s a film about automatic people who are acutely and gravely aware that they are au...
I m anonymous. My profound anonymity which no one ever touched. I have an important thing to tell you. Because I m not jok...
And darker. The instant is of total darkness. It goes on. Wait  I begin to glimpse a thing. A luminescent shape. A milky b...
My vast night goes by in the primary of a latency. The hand touches the earth and listens hotly to a heart pulsing. I see ...
you with my voice. And there is a vigor of the robust trunk, of roots buried in the living earth that reacts giving great ...
I was born a few instants ago and I am dimmed. The crystals clink and sparkle. The wheat is ripe  the bread is shared out....
The risk- I m daring to discover new lands. Where never human steps trod. First I must pass through the perfumed vegetable...
But even farther beyond there is the beating heart. Therefore the most profound thought is a beating heart. I want to die ...
I need to feel again the it of animals. For a long time I haven t been in contact with primitive animal life. I need to st...
I have seen wild horses in the meadows where at night the white horse-king of nature-cast into the high air its long neigh...
in other and different forms. The lived thing scares me as the future scares me. That, like things that have passed, is in...
I m writing to you seated beside an open window up in my studio. I m writing you this facsimile of a book, the book of som...
union of the two elements of reproduction-masculine and feminine-from which comes the fertilized fruit.  And Yahweh God pl...
cornflower is biblicaL In the nativity scenes of Spain it isn t separated from the stalks of wheat. It is a little beating...
sand. I look at the almond trees on the street where I live. Before going to sleep I look after the world and see if the n...
of a heart beating beneath the earth. I quietly put my ear to the ground and heard summer forcing its way in and my heart ...
him for myself-what I like are people who are a little ugly and at the same time harmonious, but he somehow had given me a...
Right this minute I feel my heart beating out of control inside my breast. It s reasserting itself because in the past few...
crooked life I have placed my heavy paw, causing existence to wither in its most oblique and fortuitous and yet at the sam...
who rules the fire and lives within it. And I give myself as an offering to the dead. I weave spells on the solstice, spec...
God. Whoever doesn t know what God is, will never be able to know. In the past is when the God was learned oE It s somethi...
PooL I, exposed to the storms, I, open inscription on the back of a stone, within the large chronological spaces handed do...
the created material is religious  it has the weight of the beams of a monastery. Compact, closed like a closed door. But ...
noticing this is a very rare moment-and one must be on the lookout for days and nights, fasting from onesel   in order to ...
nerves. Dark strings that, when plucked, do not speak of other things  they don t change the topic-they are in and of them...
Yes, what I m writing you is nobody s. And this nobody s freedom is very dangerous. It is like the infinite that has the c...
my cook said  what ugly flowers. Just because it s hard to love Franciscan things. In the beyond of my thought is the trut...
lucidity of one who no longer needs to guess  without effort, he knows. Just that  knows. Don t ask me what, because I can...
of thinking. By that I don t mean that it either vaguely or gratuitously is. It so happens that the primary thought-as an ...
the non-strident and sweet sharpness of a flute. It s the highest and happiest note that a vibration can give. No man on e...
those we love must be joyful, I don t yet know how, but they must be. That is living  the joy of the it. And to settle for...
myself. Calm, joyful, fullness without fulmination. Simply I am L And you are you. It is vast, and will endure. What I m w...