Fiction. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Translated from the Portugese by Alexandra Forman. A visceral new translation of Hilda Hilst's radical first novel. FLUXO-FLOEMA is a detective novel of sorts—pornographic, scatological, and spiritual—that ultimately references the failure and success of writing. It's about vocabulary, astrology, dramaturgy, science, a story within a story within a story. It's a celestial map to social interaction and the failure of connection, a crafted examination of the distortions of religion and piety. Here we, the reader, visit nonsense, pathos, violence, and the flights of fancy of human coexistence.
The Brazilian poet, playwright, fiction writer, and essayist, Hilda Hilst was born in 1930 and died in 2004. She is the author of forty books, including OF DEATH. MINIMAL ODES (co•im•press, 2018) and FLUXO- FLOEMA (2018), LETTERS FROM A SEDUCER (2014), and THE OBSCENE MADAME D (2012) from Nightboat Books. Literary critics consider her to be one of the most important and controversial twentieth-century writers in the Portuguese language. She has been awarded many literary prizes. She graduated from USP (University of São Paulo) with a degree in Law. In her thirties, Hilst decided to leave the city of São Paulo in order to keep away from social life and concentrate on literature. She went to Campinas and lived in her house Casa do Sol until her death. Because of her strong personality, beauty, intelligence, and her eccentricities, and because Hilst consistently questioned and went against norms and traditions, the myth surrounding Hilst's image has often overshadowed the importance of her work and the critical analysis of her oeuvre. With the republication of her work by Editora Globo, organized by Alcir Pécora in the early 2000s, Hilst's work has started gaining more readers in Brazil. She was the author honored in the sixteenth FLIP (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty) in 2018. Author City: Campinas BRA
Alexandra Forman is the author of Tall Slim & Erect: Portraits of the American Presidents and translator of Saga of Brutes by Ana Paula Maia. She lives in Rio de Janeiro.Author City: Rio de Janeiro BRA