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The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
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The Hour of the Star (1977)

by Clarice Lispector

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A perfect book. ( )
  le.vert.galant | Jan 26, 2015 |
Não é o tipo de literatura que eu aprecio, mas eu respeito a construção do livro em camadas: Clarice no topo, o narrador Rodrigo e a personagem Macabea. Em Rodrigo e Macabea a autora descarrega suas questões e angustias e o jogo de aflições se desenvolve em alternâncias, em idas e vindas tais que, ao fim do livro resta apenas um grande vazio. ( )
  Ursula.Wetzel | Aug 20, 2014 |
I had read a lot of hype on Clarice Lispector and my expectations were high as I started this novella. I found the narrator's introduction to be long winded and a bit confusing yet once the story introduced the main characters it moved quicker with meaning and sensitivity.

The nature of beauty, of wanting to belong to a relationship and how this plays out for the lower classes of Brazil are well illustrated in this short,, simple tale. ( )
  berthirsch | Jul 22, 2014 |
A good translation, with helpful insights provided in fore- and afterwords. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
Suggested by PEN online reading group http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/2012. What a great choice. A book about writing, about suffering, about consciousness, about death. And funny too. All that in a small, gem-like package. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
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Clarice Lispectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moser, BenjaminTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tóibín, ColmIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Clarice stirs in the greater depths, where the world finds its true meaning, portraying mankind.
('Vision of Clarice Lispector')
Carlos Drummond de Andrade
Dedication
For Olga Borelli
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Everything in the world began with a yes.
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Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?
To probe oneself is to recognize that one is incomplete.
Things were somehow so good that they were close to becoming very bad because what is fully mature is very close to rotting.
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Macabea, a young woman from the backwoods, arrives in bewildering Rio. Homely, ignorant, without skills or experience, she lodges in a shabby tenement in a squalid red-light district. Her transient boyfriend, a strutting lout and sham, soon abandons her.
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Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabe a, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabe a loves movies, Coca-Colas, 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, Macabe a is inwardly free/She doesn't seem to know how unhappy she should be. 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 leave us deep in Lispector territory indeed.… (more)

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