The Hour of the Star

The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector 0811219496 9780811219495
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Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macaba, one of lifes unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macaba 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, Macaba is inwardly free/She doesnt 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 readers 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.

Author: Clarice Lispector

Language: English

Edition: Second Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 128

Publisher: New Directions

Publication Date: 2011-11-09

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