Maria Gabriela Llansol


Maria Gabriela Llansol (1931-2008) is a singular figure in Portuguese literature, one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, yet never before translated into English. Although entirely unknown in the United States, she twice won the award for best novel from the Portuguese Writer’s Association with her textually idiosyncratic, fragmentary, and densely poetic writing; other recipients of this prize include José Saramago and António Lobo Antunes. In 1965, Llansol and her husband moved to Belgium to escape from António de Oliveira Salazar’s regime, where she spent the next twenty years in voluntary exile, teaching at the local school, translating Rimbaud and Baudelaire, and reading medieval mystics. Upon her death in 2008, she left behind twenty-seven published books and more than seventy unpublished notebooks, all of which evade any traditional definitions of genre. Deep Vellum will publish her Geography of Rebels trilogy in 2017, marking the English-language debut of one of Portugal’s preeminent and influential literary figures.

Coming soon from Deep Vellum Publishing

The Geography of Rebels Trilogy:

The Book of Communities, The Remaining Life, and In the House of July & August

“If anyone might be profitably compared to Clarice Lispector, it might well be Maria Gabriela Llansol. This is because of the fundamentally mystical impulse that animates them both, their conception of writing as a sacred act, a prayer: their idea that it was through writing that a person can reach ‘the core of being.’” — Benjamin Moser, author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector

“Llansol’s text . . . creates spaces where conjecture and counterfactual accounts operate freely granting a glimpse of an alternative reality.” — Claire Williams, The Guardian

Geography of Rebels presents the English debut of three linked novellas from influential Portuguese writer Maria Gabriela Llansol. With echoes of Clarice Lispector, Llansol’s novellas evoke her vision of writing as life, conjuring historical figures and weaving together history, poetry, and philosophy in a transcendent journey through one of Portugal’s greatest creative minds.

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