The Hour of the Star

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New Directions Publishing, 1986 - 96 pagina's
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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-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, Macabéa 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.
  

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The Hour of the Star

Gebruikersrecensie  - Lawrence Olszewksi - Book Verdict

The great author's last and arguably finest novel portrays an unskilled country girl trying to make a living in the big city, only to have her life ironically snuffed out. Volledige recensie lezen

Review: The Hour of the Star

Gebruikersrecensie  - Jillian - Goodreads

This novella is perplexing and I need to read it again. It's beautiful, though ugly. The writing is marvelous, but the narrator (who is writing as we go) is yucky. All sorts of conflict rose up as I ... Volledige recensie lezen

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Over de auteur (1986)

Clarice Lispector was born in the Ukraine and was taken to Brazil as a young child. She was a law student, editor, translator, and newswriter, who traveled widely, spending eight years in the United States. "Family Ties" (1960) is a collection of short stories revealing Lispector's existentialist view of life and demonstrating that even family ties and social relationships are temporary. Although tied to each other and to the outside world, the characters are finally totally alone and separate. Lispector received praise from American critics for "The Apple in the Dark" (1967), a novel about a guilt-ridden man's search for the ultimate knowledge (Eve's apple), which he believes will bring him hope. Lispector's books are being translated into various languages in Europe, especially in France, where the critic Helene Cixous is one of her great admirers and a promoter of her works.

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