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    Clarice Lispector

    A Breath Of Life

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    Translated by Johnny Lorenz 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, A...

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    Clarice Lispector

    Agua Viva

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    Translated by Stefan Tobler 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. Paperback: 88 PagesProduct Dimensions: 130 x 200 mmISBN: 9780811219907 Published by New Directions Pub...

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    Clarice Lispector

    An Apprenticeship Or The Book Of Pleasures

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    Translated by Stefan Tobler Lóri, a primary school teacher, is isolated and nervous, comfortable with children but unable to connect to adults. When she meets Ulisses, a professor of philosophy, an opportunity opens: a chance to escape the shipwreck of introspection and embrace the love, including the sexual love, of a man. Her attempt, as Sheila Heti writes in her afterword, is not only "to love and to be loved," but also "to be worthy of life itself." Published in 1968, An Apprenticeship is...

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    Cesar Aira

    Artforum

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    Translated by Katherine Silver Artforum is certainly one of César Aira's most charming, quirky, and funny books to date. Consisting of a series of interrelated stories about his compulsion to collect Artforum magazine, this is not about art so much as it is about passionate obsession. At first we follow our hapless collector from magazine shops to used bookstores hunting for copies of Artforum. A friend alerts him to a copy somewhere and he obsesses about actually going to get it--will the sh...

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    Clarice Lispector

    Complete Stories

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    Translated by Katrina Dodson Here, gathered in one volume, are the stories that made Clarice a Brazilian legend. Originally a cloth edition of eighty-six stories, now we have eighty-nine in all, covering her whole amazing career, from her teenage years to her deathbed. In these pages, we meet teenagers becoming aware of their sexual and artistic powers, humdrum housewives whose lives are shattered by unexpected epiphanies, old people who don't know what to do with themselves-- and in their st...

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  • Junichirō Tanizaki

    Devils In Daylight

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    translated by J. Keith Vincent One morning, Takahashi, a writer who has just stayed up all night working, is interrupted by a phone call from his old friend Sonomura: barely able to contain his excitement, Sonomura claims that he has cracked a secret cryptographic code based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold-Bug and now knows exactly when and where a murder will take place―and they must hurry if they want to witness the murder, because it’s later that very night! Sonomura has a history of lunacy ...

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    Clarice Lispector

    Hour Of The Star

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    Translated by Benjamin Moser Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector's consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece. Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Cola, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly, and unloved. Rodrigo recoils from he...

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    Clarice Lispector

    Near To The Wild Heart

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    Translated by Alison Entrekin Near to the Wild Heart, published in Rio de Janeiro in 1943, introduced Brazil to what one writer called "Hurricane Clarice" a twenty-three-year-old girl who wrote her first book in a tiny rented room and then baptized it with a title taken from Joyce: "He was alone, unheeded, near to the wild heart of life." The book was an unprecedented sensation -- the discovery of a genius. Narrative epiphanies and interior monologue frame the life of Joana, from her middle-c...

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    Anne Carson

    Norma Jeane Baker Of Troy

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    Norma Jeane Baker of Troy is a meditation on the destabilizing and destructive power of beauty, drawing together Helen of Troy and Marilyn Monroe, twin avatars of female fascination separated by millennia but united in mythopoeic force. Norma Jeane Baker was staged in the spring of 2019 at The Shed's Griffin Theater in New York, starring actor Ben Whishaw and soprano Renée Fleming and directed by Katie Mitchell. Paperback: 64 PagesProduct Dimensions: 115 x 185 mmISBN: 9780811229364 Published ...

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  • Helen DeWitt

    Some Trick

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    For sheer unpredictable brilliance, Gogol may come to mind, but no author alive today takes a reader as far as Helen DeWitt into the funniest, most far-reaching dimensions of possibility. Her jumping-off points might be statistics, romance, the art world's piranha tank, games of chance and games of skill, the travails of publishing, or success. "Look," a character begins to explain, laying out some gambit reasonably enough, even in the face of situations spinning out to their utmost logical e...

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    Clarice Lispector

    The Besieged City

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    Translated by Johnny Lorenz Seven decades after its original publication, Clarice Lispector’s third novel―the story of a girl and the city her gaze reveals―is in English at last. Lucrécia Neves is ready to marry. Her suitors―soldierly Felipe, pensive Perseu, dependable Mateus―are attracted to her tawdry not-quite-beauty, which is of a piece with Sao Geraldo, the rough-and-ready township she inhabits. Civilization is on its way to this place, where wild horses still roam. As Lucrécia is tamed ...

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    Fernando Pessoa

    The Book Of Disquiet

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    Translated by Margaret Jull CostaEdited by Jerónimo Pizarro The Book of Disquiet is the Portuguese modernist master Fernando Pessoa's greatest literary achievement. An "autobiography" or "diary" containing exquisite melancholy observations, aphorisms, and ruminations, this classic work grapples with all the eternal questions. Now, for the first time the texts are presented chronologically, in a complete English edition by master translator Margaret Jull Costa. Most of the texts in The Book of...

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    Hiroko Oyamada

    The Factory

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    Translated by David Boyd The English-language debut of one of Japan's most exciting new writers, The Factory follows three workers at a sprawling industrial factory. Each worker focuses intently on the specific task they've been assigned: one shreds paper, one proofreads documents, and another studies the moss growing all over the expansive grounds. But their lives slowly become governed by their work--days take on a strange logic and momentum, and little by little, the margins of reality see...

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  • Christine Wunnicke

    The Fox And Dr. Shimamura

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    Translated by Philip Boehm The Fox and Dr. Shimamura toothsomely encompasses Japan and Europe, memory and actuality, fox-possession myths and psychiatric mythmaking. The novel begins near the story's end, in Dr. Shimamura's retirement. A feverish invalid, he's watched over by four women: his wife, his mother, his mother-in-law, and a nurse (originally one of his psychiatric patients). His mother is busily writing and rewriting his biography, Between Genius and Madness. As an outstanding young...

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    Hiroko Oyamada

    The Hole

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    Translated by David Boyd Asa's husband is transferring jobs, and his new office is located near his family's home in the countryside. During an exceptionally hot summer, the young married couple move in, and Asa does her best to quickly adjust to their new rural lives, to their remoteness, to the constant presence of her in-laws and the incessant buzz of cicadas. While her husband is consumed with his job, Asa is left to explore her surroundings on her own: she makes trips to the supermarket,...

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    Amparo Davila

    The Houseguest

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    translated by Matthew Gleeson and Audrey Harris Making nightmares come to life, a master storyteller, in her first collection in English, applies her acute psychological insight to stories in which her characters are driven to the very limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, loneliness and fear. Original.Paperback: 144 PagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mmISBN: 9780811228213Published by New Directions Publishing

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  • Junichirō Tanizaki

    The Maids

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    translated by Michael P. Cronin The Maids, Tanizaki's final novel, sparkles like a jewel. Over the years―before, during, and after WWII―many women work in the pampered, elegant household of the famous author Chikura Raikichi, his wife, and her younger sister. Though the family's quite well-to-do, the house is small; the proximity of the maids helps perhaps to explain Raikichi's extremely close, and somewhat eroticized, observation of all their little ways. In the sensualist patrician Raikichi...

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    Clarice Lispector

    The Passion According To G.H.

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    Translated by Stefan Tobler 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... Lispector wrote that of all her works this novel ...

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