Near to the Wildheart

Author(s): Clarice Lispector


Clarice Lispector's sensational, prize-winning debut novel Near to the Wild Heartwas published when she was twenty-three and earned her the name 'Hurricane Clarice'. She became renowned as Brazil's greatest twentieth-century writer. It tells the story of Joana, from her wild, creative childhood, as the 'little egg' who writes poems for her father, through her marriage to the faithless Otavio and on to her decision to make her own way in the world. As Joana, endlessly mutable, moves through different emotional states, different inner lives and different truths, this impressionistic, dreamlike and fiercely intelligent novel asks if any of us ever really know who we are. Translated by Alison Entrekin Preface by Benjamin Moser 'Brilliant . . . Lispector should be on the shelf with Kafka and Joyce.' Los Angeles Times'A genius.' Colm Tóibín, Guardian


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Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian novelist and short story writer. Her innovation in fiction brought her international renown. She was born in the Ukraine in 1920, but in the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Civil War, the family fled to Romania and eventually Brazil. She published her first novel, Near to the Wildheart in 1943 when she was just twenty-three, and the next year was awarded the Graca Aranha Prize for the best first novel. She died in 1977, shortly after the publication of her final novel, The Hour of the Star.

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  • : 9780141197340
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : January 2014
  • : March 2014
  • : books

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  • : Clarice Lispector
  • : Paperback
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  • : 208