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Delve Online: Clarice Lispector: The Passion and Água Viva

May 11-25, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 (three sessions)
online via Zoom

This Delve takes place online with Zoom teleconferencing. Participants will receive instructions for how to log on to the Zoom meeting.

In The Passion According to G.H., Clarice Lispector offers us a story where very little happens, but where the transformation of the protagonist—alongside the reader—is a path with no return. A trivial, almost insignificant event leads to a deep philosophical reflection of the character’s life and her mysterious inner self.

“It’s with such profound happiness.” Those are the first words of Água Viva, an in-depth narrative about time, life, death, dreams and creation, where a stream of consciousness gives meaning to the protagonist’s surroundings.

Both novels are placed in the threshold of the author’s existential thoughts, where silence is also a powerful means of expression.

Reading List:

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector
Água Viva by Clarice Lispector


Ivonne Saed

Graphic designer, writer, translator, and photographer, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual and the textual, both in her creative work and in teaching. She is the author of the novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Lectorum, 2003) and the non-fiction Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría, distopía y textualidad (Lectorum, 2009). She co-authored Literatura: imaginación, identidad y poder, Vampiros transmundanos y tan urbanos, and ¡Madres! Cuentos (y precauciones) de maternidad. Saed has published book reviews, short fiction and photos in periodicals like Reforma and Crónica (Mexico), Literal Magazine (US), and Arquivo Maaraví (Brazil). Her documentary Naïve premiered in 2011 as part of Object Stories, a Portland Art Museum project, and she produced Vida Sefaradí: A Century of Sephardic Life in Portland. Saed has taught at Marylhurst University, Oregon State University and Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), and she’s been a Delve Seminar guide for Literary Arts, in Portland, Oregon, since 2011. Her work has been discussed by academics in a number of publications and it has been staged by Jewish Theatre Collaborative (Portland) and Jewish Women’s Theatre (Los Angeles).

Purchase Triple crónica de un nombre from Annie Bloom's Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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