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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What resonated with me about this book, in particular, is the idea of finding the right balance between solitude and company. One day at school young Joana, the female protagonist in Near to the Wild Heart, asks her teacher a philosophical question that shows she is more thoughtful than most other children: “What do you get when you become happy? As ever, I’d be keen to hear what you think of Lispector whenever you feel in the right frame of mind to try her work.

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 sailed to Brazil. Non c'è regola apparente nei trapassi… Più del flusso di coscienza, allora, conta il trascorrere, di quella coscienza, da un individuo all'altro, tanto più vicina alla sua natura selvaggia quanto più indifferenziata, molteplice come i colori ma unica come la luce che li genera. And if you’re trying then sooner than later you'll end up feeling only disappointment and emptiness. The tunnel is deep, but how do we know what we have if we become accustomed to the darkness of unconsciousness?

Tannery Arts is a small, independent charity concerned with supporting the professional development of emerging and established artists through the provision of affordable studios, promoting their practice through opportunities to exhibit work, develop projects, generate partnerships with local authorities, private property owners and social housing organisations as well as engage in learning activities. Joana è bambina, parla col padre, poi è più cresciuta, il padre muore, va a vivere con la zia, poi in collegio, si sposa, il marito, Otàvio, cominciamo a conoscerlo presto perché, come dicevo, prima e dopo vanno di pari passo, Joana partorisce, ama, odia, tradisce, è tradita, abbandonata. A Manhã ( The Morning), not going quite as far as Lêdo Ivo, had declared it to be “the greatest debut novel a woman had written in all of Brazilian literature.

Funnily enough, I have the Penguin edition of Lispector’s The Hour of the Star, which includes an introduction by Toibin. As a woman she is self-contained, as beautiful and unforgiving as a diamond, quite able to dispense with the need for human company or affection. The plot almost doesn't exist, and if - it's secondary, because what really matters here is Joana's inner life. I dread to think how long some of my books have been languishing in the TBR pile…a few of them go back thirty years or more.It was autumn, the leaves in the square were falling, and the grayness of the day helped underscore the beauty and luminosity of Clarice Lispector.

Per Joana si chiudono cicli della vita, lei torna ogni volta in se stessa, più libera, nell’illusione di essere immortale, nell’accettazione della morte come possibilità di fondersi all’infanzia e come unica possibile immortalità. An immediate success, it became an acknowledged watershed in Brazilian literature, catapulting it into the literary arena of European modernism. Narrative epiphanies and interior monologue frame the life of Joana, from her middle-class childhood through her unhappy marriage and its dissolution to transcendence, when she proclaims: "I shall arise as strong and comely as a young colt. She is frequently compared to animals: over the course of the book Lispector compares her to a bird, a snake, a wildcat, a horse, and a dog.Lispector contrasts this analytical approach to the animal-like living of other characters in the novel, highlighting the conflict between just living and really existing. 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. Between the two pieces, looking at them (the one she had already slept and the one she had yet to sleep), isolated in the timeless and the spaceless, an empty gap. Something about it feeling less “fixed” than her later works – missing certain narrative handholds for the reader to grip onto amidst the free-flowing interior monologue and curious imagery. Though I enjoyed what I read and how I saw it, from my naive view point, always in awe as I read around books like this, as to what others can extract from it.

I agree, there’s a real sense of energy in her writing, flashes of brilliance at times, but I just found the narrative itself hard to hold on to.I admired the quality of the writing (there is a free-spirited wildness to it), but couldn’t bring myself to love the book. Critics mentioned James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marcel Proust, André Gide, and Charles Morgan.

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