Book Lovers Reading Club


Wednesday, December 5

Domy Books–Austin
913 E Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702 Map

November 2012
Near to the Wild Heart
by Clarice Lispector
from New Directions
Price: $15.95 $13.50

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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