Lispector's breakthrough debut novel
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 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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“After reading Near to the Wild Heart, one thing is easy to understand: Lispector wasn't called 'Hurricane Clarice' because of her breakthrough into the literary scene, but because her words tear into your mind and leave a trail of devastation.”
“One of 20th-century Brazil’s most intriguing and mystifying writers.”
— The L Magazine
“Her images dazzle even when her meaning is most obscure, and when she is writing of what she despises she is lucidity itself. ”
— The Times Literary Supplement
“Writing like this could only be the product of a sublime creative purge, an incomprehensible, compulsive flowing-out response to the raw intake of being human and everything that that is and means. ”
— The Brooklyn Rail
“Lispector's novels offer a stark counterpoint to much of modern life's focus on individual fame. ”
— The Boston Globe
“That Lispector could write such a complete and satisfying coming-of-age story at twenty-three is proof — were any needed — that she was always ahead of the game. ”
— Scott Esposito, Barnes & Noble Review
“After reading Near to the Wild Heart, one thing is easy to understand: Lispector wasn't called 'Hurricane Clarice' because of her breakthrough into the literary scene, but because her words tear into your mind and leave a trail of devastation. ”
— The Coffin Factory
“A truly remarkable writer.”
— Jonathan Franzen
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