Hour of the Star

Hour of the Star

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Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a living as a typist, Macabea loves movies, Coca-Cola and her philandering rat of a boyfriend; she would like to be like Marilyn Monroe, but she is ugly and unloved. Yet telling her story is the narrator Rodrigo S.M., who tries to direct Macabea's fate but comes to realize that, for all her outward misery, she is inwardly free. Slyly subverting ideas of poverty, identity, love and the art of writing itself, Clarice Lispector's audacious last novel is a haunting portrayal of innocence in a bad world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 5mm | 78g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141392037
  • 9780141392035
  • 27,339

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Her last and perhaps greatest novel Barbara Mujica Americas
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Her searing last novel ... mesmerizing * Vogue * Her finest book * The Nation * Her last and perhaps greatest novel -- Barbara Mujica * Americas *
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About Clarice Lispector

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 Graca Aranha Prize for the best first novel. She died in 1977, shortly after the publication of her final novel, The Hour of the Star.
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