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Fiction Book Club: "The Hour of the Star" by Clarice Lispector, translated by Benjamin Moser

Join our Fiction Book Club in a monthly meeting to discuss a wide array of literary fiction. With an eclectic mix of authors, themes, periods, and styles, this group will explore both classic and contemporary literature. This year we are dedicating our discussions to literature translated from around the world! For questions about this book club, email Matt at matt@unabridgedbookstore.com.

The Fiction Book Club will meet to discuss The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector, translated by Benjamin Moser on Wednesday, October 5th, 2021 at 7:30pm.

The Hour of the Star, Clarice Lispector's consummate final novel, may well be her masterpiece. 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-Cola, 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. As Macabéa heads toward her absurd death, 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 leaves us deep in Lispector territory indeed.

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)

Benjamin Moser, the author of Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector, is the editor of ND's Clarice Lispector translation series, of which this is the ninth volume. For Sontag: Her Life and Work, he won the Pulitzer Prize.

 
The Hour of the Star: 100th Anniversary Edition By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by), Paulo Gurgel Valente (Afterword by), Colm Tóibín (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by), Paulo Gurgel Valente (Afterword by), Colm Tóibín (Introduction by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780811230049
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: New Directions - October 6th, 2020

The Hour of the Star By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by), Colm Tóibín (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Clarice Lispector, Benjamin Moser (Translated by), Colm Tóibín (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811219495
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: New Directions - November 9th, 2011

Event date: 

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - 7:30pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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