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The Stream of Life

1989
Author:

Clarice Lispector
Translated by Elizabeth Lowe and Earl Fitz
Foreword by Helene Cixous

The Stream of Life

This novel is considered the greatest work of fiction by the Brazilian writer the New York Times Book Review called “the premier Latin American woman prose writer of this century.” An intense and lyrical work, it chronicles its female protagonist’s journey of self-discovery and self-affirmation.

This novel is considered the greatest work of fiction by the Brazilian writer the New York Times Book Review called “the premier Latin American woman prose writer of this century.” An intense and lyrical work, it chronicles its female protagonist’s journey of self-discovery and self-affirmation.

“Whether as novelist or short story writer, Lispector always seemed to be involved with the ambiguities of living, the pleasures derived from it as well as its tragic aspects.” --San Francisco Review of Books

“Lispector makes language the medium of both imprisonment and liberation. . . and she does it with an amazingly light and playful touch. She roots her French imports deep in Brazilian soil. The result is a luxuriant and fascinating hybrid.” New York Times Book Review

This novel is considered the greatest work of fiction by the Brazilian writer the New York Times Book Review called "the premier Latin American woman prose writer of this century." An intense and lyrical work, it chronicles its female protagonist's journey of self-discovery and self-affirmation.

"Lispector makes language the medium of both imprisonment and liberation and she does it with an amazingly light and playful touch. She roots her French imports deep in Brazilian soil. The result is a luxuriant and fascinating hybrid." -New York Times Book Review

"Whether as novelist or short story writer, Lispector always seemed to be involved with the ambiguities of living, the pleasures derived from it as well as its tragic aspects." -San Francisco Review of Books

"We are slowly beginning to see the genius of Lispector: her texts defy usual conventional categories. Lispector refuses to write ordinary stories. Her stories are mazelike structures which inform us that life itself is deceptively circular." -Review of Contemporary Fiction


The Stream of Life

Clarise Lispector is also the author of The Passion According to G.H. (1994).

The Stream of Life

“Lispector makes language the medium of both imprisonment and liberation. . . and she does it with an amazingly light and playful touch. She roots her French imports deep in Brazilian soil. The result is a luxuriant and fascinating hybrid.” New York Times Book Review

“Clarice Lispector is without a doubt one of the most thought-provoking Latin American writers of this century . . . .Whether as novelist or short story writer, Lispector always seemed to be involved with the ambiguities of living, the pleasures derived from it as well as its tragic aspects. . . . [Lispector] holds a word tight in her hands, as if it were a fruit, and squeezes the juice out of it to extract the essential meaning of things. . . . I would venture to say that one witnesses the magic of creativity in action, with its moments of joy and its moments of total despair bordering on nightmarish madness.” San Francisco Review of Books

“We are slowly beginning to see the genius of Lispector: her texts defy usual conventional categories . . . Lispector refuses to write ordinary stories . . . [Her] stories are mazelike structures which inform us that life itself is deceptively circular.” Review of Contemporary Fiction