A bewitching, jewel-like book unlike anything in modern literature. Agua Viva baffles and inspires me ... Each word of the book lands with the sweet force of a blade ... crystalline -- Carlos Valladares * Gagosian Quarterly * An emblematic twentieth-century artist who belongs in the same pantheon as Kafka and Joyce * Edmund White * Lispector stands at the pinnacle of Brazil's impressive literary achievement * Washington Post Book World * One of the very great writers of the last century * Guardian *
Clarice Lispector (Author) Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian novelist and short-story writer. Her innovation in fiction brought her international renown. She was born in the Ukraine in 1920, but in the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Civil War, the family fled to Romania and eventually Brazil. She published her first novel, Near to the Wildheart, in 1943, when she was just twenty-three, and the next year was awarded the Graa Aranha Prize for the best first novel. She died in 1977, shortly after the publication of her final novel, The Hour of the Star.