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The Hour of the Star (Second Edition)
The Hour of the Star (Second Edition) | Clarice Lispector
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A new edition of Clarice Lispectors final masterpiece, now with a vivid introduction by Colm Tibn. Narrated by the cosmopolitan Rodrigo S.M., this brief, strange, and haunting tale is the story of Macaba, one of life's 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 doesn't seem to know how unhappy she should be. Lispector employs her pathetic heroine against her urbane, empty narratoredge of despair to edge of despairand, 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.
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Billypar
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#luckystar #MOvember

Careful, don't look directly at it 😎

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen Why have I never heard of this book before??? Sounds amazing #stacked 3w
batsy Well played! And a brilliant book ⭐ 3w
Billypar @Cinfhen I hadn't heard of the book or Lispector until I was looking for stuff to read around the world for @GatheringBooks 's challenge last year. It was okne of my favorite discoveries ☺ 3w
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GatheringBooks awesome!! :) 3w
Billypar @batsy I don't think I remember a single thing about what happens in the book even though I read it last year. I just remember being so invested that I put off sleep to keep reading (not typical for me!) 3w
Cinfhen The beauty of reading challenges!!! Discovering all the new authors 3w
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andrew61
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Returned two books to the library this morning in the rain, this short novella being the first which while slight in bulk has, in the character of macabea, bewitched me as she appeared to have done with the narrator rodrigo. Definitely playing with the form of the novel i felt a little bit like the author was toying with my emotions. Definitely a book i will look to buy so i can reread and explore more of the authors work.

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Hour of the Star | Clarice Lispector
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Meanwhile the clouds are white and the sky is all blue. Why so much God. Why not a little for men.

Emilymdxn Love this book so much! 6mo
Theaelizabet Loved this book! 6mo
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Emilymdxn
Hour of the Star | Clarice Lispector
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Clarice Lispector‘s prose is like nothing else! So much respect for her translators idk how they even try it... this is one of those books where I wasn‘t always completely sure what I was reading, but I got so immersed in her sentences and the ideas I didn‘t care about plot much at all! Lispector and Woolf are the only people who redeem modernism for me.

Liz_M Lispector is brilliant! 7mo
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Reading The Hour of the Star right now & loving it 🖤

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Waynegjr
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This dude is a catch.

Suet624 😂😂😂 9mo
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Lola
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This is a strange one. I might need to have a fever to properly understand it. I‘m about a quarter of the way through and really curious to see where it‘s going.

Cinfhen I love the cover!!! 9mo
Lola @Cinfhen Me, too! 9mo
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KellyHunsakerReads
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Reading Brazil today. If you want to read books for every country in the world, please consider joining our group (Reading the World) on Goodreads. #ReadingTheWorld. #Brazil

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Waynegjr
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Well this dedication is... different than most I read.

Lola Right?! So interesting...🤔 9mo
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Emilymdxn
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1. Jane Eyre is the only book I actually reread, it‘s my panic attack book 💖

2. I‘m going to stay with a friend who lives in Cambridge! Beautiful place to be on a cold spring weekend

3. This and There There are my two standouts so far

4. Absolutely none unless you count a supernaturally perfect hair flip 😂

5. Sir yes sir

#friyayintro @howjessreads

jenniferajanes I love Jane Eyre! 10mo
CarolynM I'd love to see that hair- flip!😂 10mo
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Leniverse

“Medicine was just to make money and never for love of his profession or of the sick. He was careless and thought poverty was ugly. He worked for the poor while hating having to deal with them. For him they were the rejects of a very high society to which he too didn‘t belong. He knew he was out-of-date with medicine and clinical novelties but it was good enough for poor people.”

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Leniverse

“I write because I have nothing else to do in the world: I was left over and there is no place for me in the world of men. I write because I‘m desperate and I‘m tired, I can no longer bear the routine of being me and if not for the always novelty that is writing, I would die symbolically every day.”

readordierachel Wow! 12mo
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enidkeaner
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It‘s a story of misery, the death of hope and uncertainty. It‘s a young woman‘s (Macabéa) story told through lense of the narration of a man. The book is all of 80 pages long, including the introduction and the translator‘s note and it made my head hurt, to be perfectly honest. Here, Lispector is dizzying and bewildering. But I suppose it‘s a good thing, because I‘m intrigued.

Notafraidofwords I wrote an entire college paper on this book. It‘s in my house somewhere. 14mo
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WomanistBibliophile
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Recently read. On the recommendation given by Hélène Cixous, describing Clarice Lispector as the best writer of the twentieth century; The Hour of the Star fell less than expectations after those words.
#readingwomenmonth #lostintranslation #ecriturefeminine

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My review of The Hour of the Star is up on my blog today!

http://www.twohectobooks.com/2018/05/r60-hour-of-star-by-clarice-lispector.html

batsy Great review... Love the line about Macabea's world being small but the edges are sharp. 2y
twohectobooks @batsy thanks so much! 2y
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gregspuches
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May‘s #TBR #readingresolutions • Well into the tagged book and 🧡 it. The two Anita Brookner novels I pulled off the shelves at home and was surprised to find I got halfway through both - must‘ve been years ago. The Doris Lessing has been on my list for a while, while Lisa See has only recently come to my attention and I thought Snow Flower would be the perfect first read. Eileen Chang‘s also been sitting on the shelf too long 😊 #photochallenge

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gregspuches
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Rainy day vibes. More coffee brewing. In love with this book. Writing style reminds me of Marguerite Duras a bit.

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gregspuches

...and as I write I‘m a bit surprised because I discover I have a destiny. Who hasn‘t ever wondered: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?

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enidkeaner
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A few weeks ago, I spent a few days in New York City for the second time this year. And I picked up a few books at the Strand because why not? A few of these were new to me. The others I‘d read before and wanted to own.

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batsy
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I'm far from well-versed in Brazilian literature, but I hear that Clarice Lispector is one best things about it 😊 I love this book but perhaps predictably where my favourites are concerned, it's not a feel-good or cheerful read 😆

#Brazil #Aprella @Cinfhen @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola

emilyhaldi The more depressing, the better!! 👌🏻 #stacked 2y
readordierachel Cheerfulness is overrated 😂. I have her book of collected short stories but haven't dived in yet. Have you read any of those? 2y
Tamra Still in my nightstand. 😏 2y
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Cathythoughts @ReadOrDieRachel yes I agree cheerfulness is overrated... it‘s great to be cheerful , but it‘s important to acknowledge all the other , more serious feelings in life ... ❤️ (edited) 2y
bnp I read the first story in her collected works, and found it hopeful, but the volume had to go back to the library. Perhaps I should buy an ebook since it's so big. 2y
youneverarrived 😂 this was great! Definitely want to read more by her, I‘ve been looking at her short story collection. She seems like a fascinating person too! 2y
Christine11 I‘m the same - a lot of my favourite books are full of doom and gloom! 😂 This looks really interesting! 🌸 2y
Mdargusch “Cheerfulness is overrated” 😂😂😂 @ReadOrDieRachel 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve not heard of this one! 2y
Leftcoastzen Love her , don‘t think I‘ve read that one 2y
Suet624 Well the description of the book sounds like my kind of story! 2y
rohit-sawant Didn't know about this! Stacking! Wonderfully said, @Cathythoughts, couldn't agree more. 2y
batsy @emilyhaldi So true! 😂 2y
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel I agree! 😂 But yes, well put, @Cathythoughts those are the books that have the greatest impact on me... 2y
batsy @Christine11 Cheers for doom and gloom ☁️🌩️😁 2y
batsy @Suet624 Yes 😂 2y
batsy @ReadOrDieRachel @bnp I love her short stories. Those cover a range of moods and impressions. They're just unlike short stories as I know them 💙 And yes it's a massive book; I only have the ebook. 2y
batsy @youneverarrived She seems like she really was! I've only read this and the short stories; I'm a fan ❤️ 2y
readinginthedark Yes! The other day, my husband asked me for the name of a “happy” book that was also a favorite, and I couldn‘t think of one that I wouldn‘t at the most consider bittersweet. 😂 2y
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Billypar
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Reading this novella made me feel like I was in a dream state, not because of the particular story told, but how Lispector chose to tell it. It reminded me more of poetry than prose- only 77 pages, but not a single sentence was wasted. How I obtained it is fitting: I had to climb a ladder, and even then struggled to reach it. For me, those experiences add to the mystique..I could wax on and get really corny, but I'll stop there... Just read it 😋

batsy Lovely review, especially the part about how you got it! I love this book... dream state is accurate. 2y
Billypar @batsy I was so mesmerized from start to finish-- if the story somehow ended with me picking out the book from the bookstore, I probably would have just accepted it, lol. 2y
GatheringBooks I was looking (in vain) for an English version of Clarice Lispector‘s books when I was in Santa Catarina and Sao Paolo last year - visited several bookstores but to no avail. I am so glad she found you, ladder and all. :) 2y
Cathythoughts Nicely written, the dream state ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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So, I've had to extend my stay in Russia a little longer since I chose The Idiot as my first book for #LitWorld2018GB challenge. But with this Strand #bookhaul , my itinerary is a little clearer- I'll be visiting Brazil, Nigeria, Japan and Italy for these. Already booked trips to Canada, Colombia, Iran, India, Sierra Leone, and Belgium. Will be sending you all postcards along the way 😎🌍🛳🛩 @GatheringBooks

Natasha.C.Barnes Italo Calvino!! 😍😍😍 2y
vivastory This is a fantastic haul! 2y
Billypar @Natasha.C.Barnes I've been wanting to read this forever! 2y
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Billypar @vivastory Usually new books go towards the back of my to read queue, but I have a feeling a few of these could jump the line 🙄 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes Have you read any other Calvino? I highly recommend Marcovaldo and Invisible Cities. 2y
Billypar @Natasha.C.Barnes Nope- this will be my first. I'd heard of IOAWNAT and Invisible Cities but not Marcovaldo- I'll have to check those out next- thanks for the recs! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @Billypar so I've only read the first bit of IOAWNAT but it's pretty experimental (I like it, but not everyone does), so wanted to let you know that if you hate it, you may still love Marcovaldo--sweet little stories about this Italian family, super funny. 2y
batsy The Hour of the Star is brilliant. Lispector is just on another level. I have an older translation and I think you have the newer one...? I should look it up 😆 2y
batsy Also, I just acquired The Woman in the Dunes and I'll be reading the Achebe this year for litsyclassics 🙂 2y
Leftcoastzen Yay Strand! 2y
Billypar @Natasha.C.Barnes That's good to know- I tend to enjoy experimental stuff, but I appreciate it even more when an author will go experimental for one novel and then still write others that are more character-driven, which sounds true for Marcovaldo. So on that basis Calvino seems to be in my wheelhouse ☺ 2y
Billypar @batsy Oooh....that makes me even more excited for The Hour of the Star. It does say 'new translation by Benjamin Moser' who apparently wrote a biography on Lispector. 2y
Billypar @batsy Excited that we have overlapping reading plans- looking forward to exchanging thoughts on Dunes and Things 😀 2y
Billypar @Leftcoastzen It did not disappoint me today! 😃 2y
GatheringBooks wow!! they all look amazing! i think i‘ve read one marcovaldo, and liked it. safe (lit)travels and happy reading!! 2y
GatheringBooks oh! and i‘ve read if on a winter‘s night two years back and found it gratingly-meandering, so much so that i couldn‘t fully invest in it. 2y
BarbaraBB Lots of books from the #1001books list! 2y
shawnmooney Things Fall Apart ❤️❤️❤️❤️ If On A Winter‘s Night a Traveler ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Billypar @GatheringBooks Thanks! And 'gratingly - meandering' - love that phrase- it is a good description of a certain kind of book. 2y
Billypar @BarbaraBB @shawnmooney I'm eager to dive into this bunch 😃 2y
GatheringBooks i shared your link to our jan-mar linky! have fun with your reading! :) 2y
Iblu Calvino‘s should be quite a surprise, if the translators have done it justice... 2y
Billypar @GatheringBooks Thanks! 😃 2y
Billypar @Iblu Hope so! Though I'll be a poor judge of whether that's the case, except through what others have written on the translation quality. 2y
Iblu Indeed, I think it‘s a tall order to translate Se una notte... it‘s been some years, but I remember the exercises of style spoke really clearly to a student of Italian literature in terms of references... I‘d be curious to see how the translators worked their magic on that! Must have been rather hard work! 2y
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Leniverse
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Thank you, my #SecretSantaGoesPostal @Izai.Amorim for the #wintersolsticebookexchange gifts! Three books from my extended wish list (excellent choices, sir!) I am really looking forward to these. 😁 And your Berlin curtains photo project is intriguing. I'm curious about the companion work now. (But you could have signed it! 😉😂) Seriously though, I love your choices for me.

batsy Oh wow. Such good books (love the Lispector). The Lace Curtains of Berlin sounds fascinating... Is it a photo book? 🙂 2y
Izai.Amorim I‘m very glad (and relieved) that you like the books!!! Wish you a merry Christmas! 2y
Leniverse @batsy It appears to be the companion work to a novel where one of the characters, as a hobby, photographs windows with lace curtains all over Berlin. And this book shows his collection. 😂 It's my kind of bonkers. I need the novel now. 2y
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batsy That does sound wonderful! 👍 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Excellent choice of books! 2y
Izai.Amorim @Leniverse If you have kindle I can gladly mail you a copy of The Games. 2y
Leniverse @Izai.Amorim I have, yes! That would be excellent. You can email me on Leni.iversen at gmail 2y
Izai.Amorim @Leniverse Done. I hope you won‘t be disappointed. It‘s not an easy book. (edited) 2y
Leniverse @Izai.Amorim That sounds like my favourite kind! 2y
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Martta
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@Leetha_rose It seems you have successfully found the week spots on my bookshelfes. 😂 I think the only Brasilian author I have read so far is Paulo Coelho. So this is a perfect choise for me! 😊 Thank you so much! #SummerSantaGoesPostal

Leetha_rose Yeay! I just bought this copy in Portuguese and am planning to start it soon! I love Clarice Lispector (but have only read some of her short stories)! 2y
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Düşünmek sonuç gerektirmez: kendi içinde bir amaç olabilir yalnızca. Ben kelimeler olmadan düşünürüm, hiçbir şey üzerine düşünürüm. Hayatımı altüst eden şey ise yazmak...

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This book was more of a prose poem than a novel and if it had been a long book I probably would've gotten extremely frustrated with it. But everything in it was very sharp, and I can't help feeling curious about Lispector's other work.

batsy Lispector 😍 I've only read this (in an older translation) and the short stories... I find her writing fascinating. 3y
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twohectobooks

Wanted to read a shorter book to gain ground with my "blog reading" but it backfired. I've been stalled at the last few pages of this book because I know I won't have time to review it when I've finished reading it. Gah.

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twohectobooks

Who hasn't ever wondered: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?

batsy This book ❤️ 3y
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twohectobooks
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All the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born.

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prowlix
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Before this typist showed up in my life, I was a man who was even a bit contented, despite my meager success in literature. Things were somehow so good that they could go very bad because fully mature things rot.

Notafraidofwords I read this in college and I still remember it so distinctly. 3y
prowlix @Notafraidofwords her language did take a little getting used to but I'm really liking it. My library has her collected works and I may need to request it soon 3y
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prowlix
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Cheer! 🍻Mini library haul and a tallboy brew! I cannot express how glad I am today is over and it's Friday! Let the weekend begin!

#booksandbrews

britt_brooke Cheers! 🍻 3y
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andrew61

I love characters reading books in novels and always try and hunt them down. One crime novel by val macdermid had a hero looking at his deceased dads bookshelf and the subsequent reads i found were great. This was mentioned in the sara baume book i was lauding yesterday and it looks really interesting but its not in library and at 96 pages i think ill be trying to find a 2nd hand version - anyone read it and is it worth the hunt!!!

saresmoore It's new to me, but it sounds amazing! 3y
andrew61 @saresmoore it does look good and at 96 pages wouldn't take long to read. 3y
Lindy Readers I trust swear by Clarice Lispector, but so far I've only read a short piece of her writing in an anthology - enough to understand what the fuss is about. 3y
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The narrator, Rodrigo S. M., is the supposed author of this work. The central character of Rodrigo's tale is an eccentric impoverished typist named Macabea. Full of contradictions & concerns that mark this as postmodern & romantic (capital R). It is the emotional range & passages of sheer beauty that really makes this an astonishing work. I am hard-pressed to think of many other novellas that display such a range. An experimental character study.

Kimzey Have you read any of her other work? I was wondering where to start with this author. 3y
vivastory @Notafraidofwords Thanks for the recommendation. Will check it out 3y
vivastory @Kimzey This was my first. I'd recommend it. It's only 80 pages. It's amazing, I'm going to be requesting collected stories for Xmas. It was kind of like an experimental "Eileen." 3y
Kimzey @vivastory Thanks! Added to my stack! 😊 3y
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So let those who read me get punched in the stomach to see if it's good. Life is a punch in the stomach.

Notafraidofwords Lispector is something else. 3y
vivastory @Notafraidofwords This was my first Lispector. She is my ideal experimental writer. Unafraid to allow & address emotions. Will definitely be reading more by her. 3y
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La hora de la estrella | Clarice Lispector
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Y... y no olvidar que la estructura del átomo no es percibida aunque se sepa que existe. Sé de muchas cosas que no vi. Y ustedes también. No se puede dar una prueba de la existencia de lo que es más verdadero, la cosa es creer. Creer llorando.

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Notafraidofwords I read this for a class and I enjoyed it! 3y
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Bibliosa
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From my shelf, some awesome women to read for #witmonth. #claricelispector #mariendiaye #yokoogawa #elenaferrante #mariaduenas

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SolumBokvennen
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A masterpiece! This is the first book translated into Norwegian by Clarice Lispector. Looking forward to her debut being translated this fall! 📖