Despite its apparent spontaneity, this is a masterly work of art,
which rearranges language and plays in the gaps between reality and
Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian novelist and short story writer. Her innovation in fiction brought her international renown. 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 Brazil. She published her first novel, Near to the Wildheart in 1943 when she was just twenty-three, and the next year was awarded the Gra a Aranha Prize for the best first novel. She died in 1977, shortly after the publication of her final novel, The Hour of the Star.
An emblematic twentieth-century artist who belongs in the same
pantheon as Kafka and Joyce * Edmund White *
Lispector stands at the pinnacle of Brazil's impressive literary achievement * Washington Post Book World *
One of the very great writers of the last century * Guardian *