Soulstorm by Clarice Lispector. Translated by Alexis Levitin. 1989 New Directions, first U.S. paperback printing, 175 pages. Cult favorite Ukrainian-born Lispector was a celebrated Brazilian writer who wrote in a stream-of-consciousness style. She notoriously was in a near-fatal apartment fire, which she never mentally recovered from. As recounted in a retrospective in the New York Times “'When I don’t write,' Lispector told an interviewer in her sole television appearance shortly after finishing the book, 'I am dead.' When the interviewer proposed that the author could be reborn in a new book, Lispector demurred, saying: 'For the moment I’m dead. I’m speaking from my tomb.”' Soulstorm includes twenty-nine stories of inner, sometimes claustrophobic, life.

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"Maria Angelica de Andrade had sixty years to her credit. And a lover, Alexander, aged nineteen."

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