Near to the Wild Heart

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This new translation of Clarice Lispector's sensational first book tells the story of a middle class woman's life from childhood through an unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence.Near to the Wild Heart, published in Rio de Janeiro in 1943, introduced Brazil to what one writer called “Hurricane Clarice”: a twenty-three-year-old girl who wrote her first book in a tiny rented room and then baptized it with a title taken from Joyce: “He was alone, unheeded, near to the wild heart of life.”The book was ...

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Overview

This new translation of Clarice Lispector's sensational first book tells the story of a middle class woman's life from childhood through an unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence.Near to the Wild Heart, published in Rio de Janeiro in 1943, introduced Brazil to what one writer called “Hurricane Clarice”: a twenty-three-year-old girl who wrote her first book in a tiny rented room and then baptized it with a title taken from Joyce: “He was alone, unheeded, near to the wild heart of life.”The book was an unprecedented sensation — the discovery of a genius. Narrative epiphanies and interior monologue frame the life of Joana, from her middle-class childhood through her unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence, when she proclaims: “I shall arise as strong and comely as a young colt.”

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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?”
Boston Globe
“It is jarring and yet restorative to read a writer whose focus is so private, internal.”
Benjamin Moser - San Francisco Chronicle
“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: 383,370
  • 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.

Alison Entrekin has translated a number of works by Brazilian and Portuguese authors into English, including City of God by Paulo Lins and Budapest by Chico Buarque.

Series editor Benjamin Moser, who contributes afterwords for all four of these new translations, is the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, due out in paperback from Oxford University Press in May 2012. He also just completed a new translation of Lispector’s The Hour of the Star.

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