Near to the Wild Heart

Near to the Wild Heart

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/02/2014
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Near to the Wild Heart
Near to the Wildheart
This isn't the easiest book to read but it is certainly worthwhile. Near to the Wild Heart will draw you in to keep reading with the Clarice Lispector's br... READ MORE
Richard C at Wigan
Near to the Wild Heart
A wonderfully descriptive introspective
Although not the easiest book to read, what makes you continue is the beautiful language and descriptive voice. Clarice Lispector has managed to put down o... READ MORE
Jo Turner at Lincoln High Street
Near to the Wild Heart
Near to the Wildheart
Near to the Wild Heart is an amazing stream-of-consciousness style novel that darts about through the interior, emotional life of a woman (who seems to hav... READ MORE
Erin Britton
Near to the Wild Heart
Intriguing
According to the introduction, Lispector herself worried that Near to the Wild Heart was “more a pile of notes than a full-fledged novel”, and I’ll admit i... READ MORE
Steven at Aberdeen
Near to the Wild Heart
An astounding story following a woman’s journey through a world of womanhood, heartbreak, truths, and whether any of us truly know who we are.
Near to the Wild Heart is an astounding story following a woman’s journey through a world of womanhood, heartbreak, truths, and whether any of us truly kno... READ MORE
Léa at Brighton

Synopsis

Clarice Lispector's sensational, prize-winning debut novel Near to the Wild Heart was published when she was just twenty-three and earned her the name 'Hurricane Clarice'. It tells the story of Joana, from her wild, creative childhood, as the 'little egg' who writes poems for her father, through her marriage to the faithless Otávio and on to her decision to make her own way in the world. As Joana, endlessly mutable, moves through different emotional states, different inner lives and different truths, this impressionistic, dreamlike and fiercely intelligent novel asks if any of us ever really know who we are.Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian novelist and short story writer. Her innovation in fiction brought her international renown. References to her literary work pervade the music and literature of Brazil and Latin America. She was born in the Ukraine in 1920, but in the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Civil War, the family fled to Romania and eventually sailed to Brazil. In 1933, Clarice Lispector encountered Hermann Hesse's Steppenwolf, which convinced her that she was meant to write. She published her first novel, Near to the Wildheart in 1943 when she was just twenty-three, and the next year was awarded the Graça Aranha Prize for the best first novel. Many felt she had given Brazillian literature a unique voice in the larger context of Portuguese literature. After living variously in Italy, the UK, Switzerland and the US, in 1959, Lispector with her children returned to Brazil where she wrote her most influential novels including The Passion According to G.H. She died in 1977, shortly after the publication of her final novel, The Hour of the Star.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141197340
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Weight: 157g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm

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Near to the Wild Heart
Descriptive but rambling
I didn't enjoy this book. It was highly imaginative and descriptive but by the end of it I still didn't know what it was about. I found it wandering and it... READ MORE
IRIELADY
Near to the Wild Heart
For lovers of a literary challenge
Clarice Lispector is a completely new name to me, so I had no pre-conceived ideas about her writing. 'Near to the Wild Heart' left me slightly confused. Th... READ MORE
Judy Dee
Near to the Wild Heart
Full concentration needed
"Near to the Wild Heart" - the first novel of Clarice Lispector originally published in 1943. This was an award-winning novel, her debut, from the Ukrainia... READ MORE
Ron Hancock
Near to the Wild Heart
wow wow wow
I'm not entirely sure what I have just read yet I was completely mesmerised from the beginning to the end of 'Near to the Wild Heart'. So beautiful and pro... READ MORE
Kelly
Near to the Wild Heart
Beautiful imagery but not an easy read
Although the language creates wonderful imagery the narrative is jerky even allowing for the stream of consciousness style and the narration shifting back ... READ MORE
Jane-Louise Burrows
Near to the Wild Heart
Stream of consciosness novel
People who enjoy Woolf, Faulkner, Beckett and Joyce will enjoy this novel. Lispector has her own clear use of language and style. She uses this to give ins... READ MORE
Pam Mantri