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Fluxo-Floema
Hilda Hilst; Alexandra Joy Forman, trans.

Publication date: May 1, 2018



Nightboat
2018 • 326 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Fiction & Literature

$16.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-84-7


Trans. from the Portuguese

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.

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“Hilst has been creating work whose raw essence is drawn from a world of chaos that has slipped off-center (since losing its sacred core.)” —Nelly Novaes Coelho



HILDA HILST (1930–2004) was born in Jaú, a small town in the state of São Paulo. A graduate of law from the University of São Paulo, she dedicated herself to literary creation from 1954 to her death. She is recognized as one of the most important and controversial names in Brazilian contemporary literature and received some of Brazil’s most prestigious literary prizes. ALEXANDRA JOY 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.



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