Near to the Wild Heart
Clarice Lispector's sensational, prize-winning debut novel Near to the Wild Heart was published when she was twenty-three and earned her the name "Hurricane Clarice". She became renowned as Brazil's greatest twentieth-century writer. It tells the story of Joana, from her wild, creative childhood, as the "little egg" who writes poems for her father, through her marriage to the faithless Otavio and on to her decision to make her own way in the world. As Joana, endlessly mutable, moves through different inner lives and different truths, this impressionistic, dreamlike and fiercely intelligent novel asks if any of us really know who we are.
Colm Tobin, Guardian