Near to the Wild Heart

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Clarice Lispector's first novel, Near to the Wild Heart, was published in 1944, when its author was only nineteen years old. An immediate success, it became an acknowledged watershed in Brazilian literature, catapulting it into the literary arena of European modernism. Narrative epiphanies and interior monologue consciously echo James Joyce as Lispector recalls first the childhood and then the adult years of the middle-class Joana, her unhappy marriage and its dissolution. ...
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Overview

Clarice Lispector's first novel, Near to the Wild Heart, was published in 1944, when its author was only nineteen years old. An immediate success, it became an acknowledged watershed in Brazilian literature, catapulting it into the literary arena of European modernism. Narrative epiphanies and interior monologue consciously echo James Joyce as Lispector recalls first the childhood and then the adult years of the middle-class Joana, her unhappy marriage and its dissolution.
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Editorial Reviews

The Guardian
“"We now finally have a translation worthy of Clarice Lispector's inimitable style. Go out and buy it."”
Colm Tóibín
“Lispector is one of the hidden geniuses of twentieth century literature, in the same league as Flann O’Brien, Borges and Pessoa…utterly original and brilliant, haunting and disturbing.”
Jonathan Franzen
“A truly remarkable writer.”
Benjamin Moser - SFGate
“I had a sort of missionary urge with her...but I started thinking, even when I was 19: How can I help this person reach the prominence she deserves?”
Barnes & Noble Review
“It is Lispector's attempt -- successful, I would say -- to sacralize one of the vilest qualities in the Western world.”
Colm Toibin
“Lispector is one of the hidden geniuses of twentieth century literature, in the same league as Flann O’Brien, Borges and Pessoa…utterly original and brilliant, haunting and disturbing.”
SFGate - Benjamin Moser
“I had a sort of missionary urge with her...but I started thinking, even when I was 19: How can I help this person reach the prominence she deserves?”
The Times Literary Supplement

Her images dazzle even when her meaning is most obscure, and when she is writing of what she despises she is lucidity itself.

SFGate
I had a sort of missionary urge with her...but I started thinking, even when I was 19: How can I help this person reach the prominence she deserves?— Benjamin Moser
Boston.com
“It is jarring and yet restorative to read a writer whose focus is so private, internal.”
Time Out Chicago
“There's a feeling of encountering something completely new and classic at the same time.”
The L Magazine
“One of 20th-century Brazil’s most intriguing and mystifying writers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811220026
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/13/2012
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 517,129
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Clarice Lispector (1925-1977), the author of such works as Near to the Wild Heart, The Hour of the Star, and The Passion According to G. H., is the internationally acclaimed novelist and short-story writer from Brazil and the subject of Benjamin Moser’s magisterial biography Why This World.

Giovanni Pontiero (1932–1996) was the ablest translator of twentieth century literature in Portuguese and one of its most ardent advocates. He was the principal translator into English of the works of José Saramago and was awarded the Teixeira-Gomes Prize for his translation of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ.

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