Clarice Lispector's sensational, prize-winning debut novel Near to the Wild Heart was 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
About the Author
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.
Brilliant ... Lispector should be on the shelf with Kafka and Joyce Los Angeles Times A genius -- Colm Toibin Guardian A truly remarkable writer -- Jonathan Franzen Lispector's novels offer a stark counterpoint to much of modern life's focus on individual fame The Boston Globe One of the twentieth century's most mysterious writers -- Orhan Pamuk The originality of Near to the Wild Heart lies in its technique and language: self conscious, bleakly humourous, but poetic ... We now finally have a translation worthy of Clarice Lispector's inimitable style. Go out and buy it. -- JS Tennant Observer
Series: Penguin Modern Classics
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 26th March 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1