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This review is from: The Hour of the Star (Paperback)
The Hour of the Star is the story of a story. It follows the narrator, Rodrigo S.M, as he struggles to write about Macabea, one of the most notable anti-heroines in contemporary fiction. The minimal plot is overwhelmed by an onslaught of philosophical musings and Rodrigo's inner turmoil. Rodrigo himself states that he is writing about Macabea as a way of catharsis rather than as an artistic exercise; in fact, Rodrigo denies any creative input in the story at all and instead insists that Macabea has arrested his free will. It seems that the simple fact of her existence must be told.
The Hour of the Star is an extraordinary work of fiction and philosophy. As Lispector's final work before succumbing to cancer, it is more than just an inspired novella. Every aspect, from the perfect language to the troubling characters, emphasises Lispector's astonishing grasp on the the most intimate aspects of humanity. In The Hour of the Star, Lispector casually strolls in to the more private recesses of your mind and lays everything bare for the world to see.