Hour of the Star

Hour of the Star

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/02/2014
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Hour of the Star
Challenging but brilliant read
Living in the depths of a Rio slum, Macabéa is ugly, poor, sickly and underfed. Charismatic she is not, and she has no concept of her being or hold on real... READ MORE
Laura McGloughlin


Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Cola and her philandering rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly and unloved. Yet telling her story is the narrator Rodrigo S.M., who tries to direct Macabéa's fate but comes to realize that, for all her outward misery, she is inwardly free. Slyly subverting ideas of poverty, identity, love and the art of writing itself, Clarice Lispector's audacious last novel is a haunting portrayal of innocence in a bad world.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141392035
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Weight: 80g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 6 mm

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Hour of the Star
Unconfident narrator
A meta-fictional work in which the narrator ceaselessly interrupts the story to ask questions, sow doubt, and insert personal opinions. A brilliant comment... READ MORE
Darren Gillen