The Brazil LAB at Princeton University has been organizing a series of events celebrating the centenary of Clarice Lispector, one of the world’s most influential writers.
The recent conference Clarice Lispector 100 years featured Paulo Gurgel Valente (Lispector’s son and literary executor) and the translators Idra Novey, Johnny Lorenz, and Katrina Dodson in conversation with Princeton professors Marília Librandi and João Biehl. Pulitzer Prize-winner writer Jhumpa Lahiri delivered the keynote address. The recording of the conference is available here.
The celebration will continue on November 25th with the musical concert Agora Clarice, with Beatriz Azevedo and Moreno Veloso. The iconic Maria Bethânia will read excerpts from Lispector’s oeuvre. The concert will be premiered at 5 pm (ET) at the Brazil LAB YouTube channel.
Accompanied by musicians Jaques Morelenbaum (cello) and Marcelo Costa (percussion), Azevedo and Veloso present their own compositions, such as “Canto,” a partnership that opens the album A.G.O.R.A. and songs by Caetano Veloso, Oswald de Andrade, and Torquato Neto. The repertoire also includes readings of Clarice's work by both artists and a new song created especially for the show by Beatriz Azevedo.
During Agora Clarice, the Brazil LAB will also launch the sonic library Clarice 100 Ears, organized by Marília Librandi and featuring key passages of Lispector’s work in the voice of artists, scholars, and everyday readers. This is an open-ended project and already features Paulo Gurgel Valente, biographer Nádia Gottlieb, indigenous artist Jaider Esbell, art curator Hélio Menezes, anthropologist Lilia Schwarcz, Canadian writer Claire Varin, Argentinian professor Florencia Garramuño, and Italian critic Ettore Finazzi-Agrò.
Photos: Beatriz Azevedo and Moreno Veloso in Biscoito Fino's studio. Courtesy of Franciele Laura and Pedro von Kruger.