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Near to the Wild Heart (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Funnily enough, I have the Penguin edition of Lispector’s The Hour of the Star, which includes an introduction by Toibin. Sinfonia per voce sola, magnetica e seducente, con una gamma di toni e variazioni da lasciare stupefatti. You can unsubscribe from our list at any point by changing your preferences, or contacting us directly. The story is told in the third person, but from the point of view of each character’s most inner thoughts.

Given your enjoyment of novels featuring introspection, then I’d say it’s worth giving Lispector a try. Have you maybe felt the great desire to dissolve until your ends merged with the beginnings of things?I may have had such a hard time with it because I had to finish it in time for a discussion, and I think it lends itself to an absolutely free/boundless reading. The focus of Near to the Wild Heart is Joana, a young woman who finds herself in a loveless marriage with her husband, Otávio. From the beginning of her marriage, Joana feels that her role as a wife causes her to abdicate her freedom and her identity. Momenti rossi, momenti grigi, grande costante cui aspira il mare, immenso e imperscrutabile, il mistero dietro le cose che, se svelato, le priva di essenza. I haven’t read this latest translation and I read it at an age when I was very impressionable, full of Virginia Woolf wonderment.

Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it's more like having a well-read friend than a subscription to a literary review. I have another Lispector, The Hour of the Star, but I might leave it for a few months just to put a bit of space between the two. I dread to think how long some of my books have been languishing in the TBR pile…a few of them go back thirty years or more. Please include what you were doing when this page came up and the Cloudflare Ray ID found at the bottom of this page.

Not a lot happens: she is sent to live with an uncle; marries a man she loves, in her own strange way; gets bored; has an affair; leaves her husband.

Free and open to all, our Library is a unique collection of around 4,000 books dedicated to the exploration of contemporary drawing. 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. Only images, flashes and snatches, and self-exploration to finally make her decision, to be triumphantly reborn. Joana, the book's character, understands that it is eternal in her continuous thinking, and she gets tired of it several times. I don’t know for sure as I’m not familiar with the earlier versions, but I get the impression that Entrekin’s translations are closer to Lispector’s original text.

Then the cover, intriguing and unsettling, as from some futuristic dreamscape, where some woman is lying as if she was sleeping or waiting. She’s beautiful but cold, brilliant but unapproachable, a woman who stands out for good reasons and for bad. I had heard of Lispector (albeit vaguely) but didn’t know much about her work until these fresh translations appeared a couple of years ago. Though I enjoyed what I read and how I saw it, from my naive view point, always in awe as I read around books like this, as to what others can extract from it. The sensational, prize-winning debut novel Near to the Wild Heart was published when author Clarice Lispector was just twenty-three and earned her the name ‘Hurricane Clarice’.

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