Near to the Wild Heart (Ndp; 1225) (Paperback)

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By Clarice Lispector, Alison Entrekin (Translator), Benjamin Moser (Preface by)
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I’m pretty sure this book is a living breathing creature. If you want to embark on Lispector, a criminally under-read genius, this is where to start.

-- Emily

— From Emily F. Staff Picks

I'm not usually a fan of "list five [insert subject] that changed your life," but this book is my exception. It has become a flower- and thorn-laden vine growing wild near my own heart.

— From Cara M. Staff Picks


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."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811220026
ISBN-10: 0811220028
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: June 13th, 2012
Pages: 220
Language: English
Series: Ndp; 1225