Clarice Lispector’s prize-winning debut novel was published in 1943 when she was twenty-three years old. Dubbed ‘Hurricane Clarice’ she became renowned as Brazil’s greatest twentieth century writer. The novel tells the story of Joana, from her wild creative childhood through to her marriage to the faithless Otávio, and on to her decision to make her own way in the world.
A literary sensation when it was published, Near to the Wild Heart was compared to James Joyce, although the comparison irritated Lispector, as at the time of writing she had not read any Joyce. She was also one of the most blistering and innovative writers of the twentieth century short story. References to her work pervade the music and literature of Brazil and Latin America.
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