Near to the Wild Heart (Paperback)

By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translator), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811220026, 220pp.

Publication Date: June 13, 2012

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Description

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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