Near to the Wild Heart (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Near to the Wild Heart (Penguin Modern Classics)

Near to the Wild Heart (Penguin Modern Classics)

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Joana’s thoughts linger over questions of life, death, solitude, freedom and happiness which are themes that Lispector continues to explore in her later works. The novel is made up of a series of stream-of-consciousness passages, centring on the thoughts and actions of the young Joana. A sororal feeling ascended, settled down and went away only to come back with full force after small intervals of opening and closing each new chapter of this astonishing literary feat. The book, particularly its revolutionary language, brought its young, unknown creator to great prominence in Brazilian letters and earned her the prestigious Graça Aranha Prize. But Lispector’s highly self-conscious, self-concentrated sounding lines – Everything that was distances itself from me, diving deafly into my faraway waters.

Joana, a young woman very much in the mode of existential contemporaries like Camus and Sartre, ponders the meaning of life, the freedom to be one's self, and the purpose of existence. In October 1944, the book won the prestigious Graça Aranha Prize ( Prêmio Graça Aranha) for the best debut novel of 1943. After the death of her father, Joana drifts through her days, living only in the present but oblivious to daily circumstance. I think that I don’t necessarily have all the right “tools” at my disposal for a truly thoughtful approach to this book but I want to think about it within a few different contexts.Din mia de exemplare, Clarice Lispector (10 decembrie 1920 - 9 decembrie 1977) primește o sută și trimite o parte din suta asta criticilor literari din Brazilia. To become a subscriber to Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly Magazine, please visit our subscriptions page. I haven’t read this latest translation and I read it at an age when I was very impressionable, full of Virginia Woolf wonderment. It might sound a little odd, but it felt as though I was viewing everything through a glass window, some kind of barrier that kept me at a distance from Lispector’s characters and their lives. The story is told in the third person, but from the point of view of each character’s most inner thoughts.

By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Thoughts flow through her mind incessantly, her soul scattered on millions atoms, sliding from one truth to the other, and still questions and more questions.Images of the sea are also prevalent in this novel as Joana feels an affinity to the freedom and boundless nature of the ocean.

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