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ISBN-10: 081123004X
ISBN-13: 9780811230049
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 10/06/2020
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 0.60" H

The Hour of the Star: 100th Anniversary Edition

Translator: Benjamin Moser
Afterword by: Paulo Gurgel Valente
Introduction by: Colm Tóibín

Hardcover

Price: $19.95

Overview

The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector’s consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece. Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life’s unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa loves movies, Coca-Cola, and her rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly, underfed, sickly, and unloved. Rodrigo recoils from her wretchedness, and yet he cannot avoid the realization that for all her outward misery, Macabéa is inwardly free. She doesn’t seem to know how unhappy she should be. As Macabéa heads toward her absurd death, Lispector employs her pathetic heroine against her urbane, empty narrator–edge of despair to edge of despair–and, working them like a pair of scissors, she cuts away the reader’s preconceived notions about poverty, identity, love, and the art of fiction. In her last book she takes readers close to the true mystery of life and leaves us deep in Lispector territory indeed.

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Every page vibrates with feeling. It's not enough to say that Lispector bends language or uses words in new ways. Plenty of modernists do that. No one else writes prose this rich.–Lily Meyer "NPR"
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Details

ISBN-10: 081123004X
ISBN-13: 9780811230049
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 10/06/2020
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.40" W, 0.60" H
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