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The Hour of the Star

(1977)
A novel by

 
 
Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macabéa, one of life's unfortunates. Living in the slums of Rio and eking out a poor living as a typist, Macabéa 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, Macabéa is inwardly free/She doesn't 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 reader's 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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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October 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Hour of the Star: 100th Anniversary Edition
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-8112-3004-X / 978-0-8112-3004-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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January 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: Hour of the Star
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-85635-626-3 / 978-0-85635-626-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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February 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Hour of the Star (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-14-139203-7 / 978-0-14-139203-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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November 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Hour of the Star (Second Edition)
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-8112-1949-6 / 978-0-8112-1949-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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February 1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Hour of the Star (New Directions Paperbook)
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-8112-1190-8 / 978-0-8112-1190-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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February 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Hour of the Star
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
ISBN: 0-85635-989-0 / 978-0-85635-989-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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October 2020 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Hour of the Star: 100th Anniversary Edition
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
Publisher: New Directions
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October 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Hour of the Star (Second Edition)
Author(s): Clarice Lispector
Publisher: New Directions
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