Near to the Wild Heart (Penguin Modern Classics)
About this deal
General editor of the new translations of Clarice Lispector’s complete works at New Directions, BENJAMIN MOSER is the author of Why This World: The Biography of Clarice Lispector, and Sontag: Her Life and Work, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Yes, yes, there was the truth: they existed more than other people, they were the symbol of the thing in the thing itself. I dread to think how long some of my books have been languishing in the TBR pile…a few of them go back thirty years or more. I may have had such a hard time with it because I had to finish it in time for a discussion, and I think it lends itself to an absolutely free/boundless reading. Near to the Wild Heart, with its periods of stream-of-consciousness writing, is certainly a blistering debut work.
This is my first Lispector book, but I already know I will be intimately familiar with all of her writing.
The whole book is a miracle of balance, perfectly engineered,” combining the “intellectual lucidity of the characters of Dostoevsky with the purity of a child. Good-humoured, unpretentious and a bit eccentric, it's more like having a well-read friend than a subscription to a literary review.
I still haven’t read her biography), looking at the book as a story with a beginning, a middle and an end, and how it embraces this idea while subverting it all the time. It is an intensely feminine/feminist book – much of Joana’s questioning has to do with how to negotiate her interior individual life and thinking with respect to other people, both men and women, but the overall feeling or question remains focused on this idea of how men and women circle around each other.She’s beautiful but cold, brilliant but unapproachable, a woman who stands out for good reasons and for bad. She is the author of nine novels and several collections of short stories, all written in Portuguese. Between the two pieces, looking at them (the one she had already slept and the one she had yet to sleep), isolated in the timeless and the spaceless, an empty gap.