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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014119734X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141197340
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant ... Lispector should be on the shelf with Kafka and Joyce (Los Angeles Times)

A genius (Colm Tóibín 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)

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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 Graça Aranha Prize for the best first novel. She died in 1977, shortly after the publication of her final novel, The Hour of the Star.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin Britton on 31 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
Near to the Wild Heart is an amazing stream-of-consciousness style novel that darts about through the interior, emotional life of a woman (who seems to have a fair bit in common with the author) named Joana. Joana is a complex, amoral and often rather unpleasant person although, since childhood, her wildness and tendency towards violence has gone hand in hand with a remarkable literary talent. Clarice Lispector intersperses her account of Joana’s current world – one of indifference to her husband and his indiscretions as well as an apparent indifference to life itself – with incidents from her childhood when she first began to display literary creativity and a tendency towards introspection. Near to the Wild Heart is a raw, intense emotional rollercoaster of a novel. Joana a difficult, unpredictable character to get to know but she’s every bit as compelling as she is unsettling. This is a brilliant novel and reading it has inspired me to track down more of Clarice Lispector’s books.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Mary Fletcher on 20 Oct. 2014
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Very weird and I had no patience with it. Might try againg someday.
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