An ode to Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector, by award-winning author (and avid fan) David Keenan.
Clarice Lispector, the Ukrainian-born Brazilian novelist and short-story writer, arrived fully formed. Her debut novel, the astonishing Near to the Wild Heart, was published in 1943 when she was only 23 years old.
The book cribs its title from James Joyce and, like Joyce, Lispector believed in the possibility of epiphany through language—that it is possible to enter into a profound form of communion with it, a sort of deeper knowing.
Photograph:Unknown Photographer / Lêdo Ivo Collection / Instituto Moreira Salles
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