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Clarice Lispector's first novel, Near to the Wild Heart (Perto do coraçao selvagem), was published in 1944, when ts author was only nineteen years old.
An immediate success, it became an acknowledged watershed in Brazilian literature, catapulting it into the literary arena of European modernism.
About the Author
Clarice Lispector (1920–1977), the greatest Brazilian writer of the twentieth century, has been called “astounding” (Rachel Kushner), “a penetrating genius” (Donna Seaman, Booklist), and “one of the twentieth century’s most mysterious writers” (Orhan Pamuk).
Giovanni Pontiero (1932–1996) was the ablest translator of twentieth century literature in Portuguese and one of its most ardent advocates. He was the principal translator into English of the works of José Saramago and was awarded the Teixeira-Gomes Prize for his translation of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ.