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The Hour of the Star
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date February 1, 1992
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811211901
ISBN-10 0811211908
Dimensions 0.25 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.25 lbs.
Availability§ Out of Print
Original list price $9.95
§As reported by publisher
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Summary
In a haunting psychological tale of despair and freedom, Macabea is ugly, underfed, sickly, and unloved yet she fascinates Rodrigo because she is unaware of how unhappy she should be
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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-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.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780856356261
 
from Carcanet Pr (May 1, 1986)
9780856356261 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $29.50
About: Macabea comes to Rio in search of a promising future for herself, but becomes trapped in the city's slums
Paperback
Book cover for 9780811211901
 
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Reissue edition from New Directions (February 1, 1992)
9780811211901 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.25 lbs | List price $9.95
About: In a haunting psychological tale of despair and freedom, Macabea is ugly, underfed, sickly, and unloved yet she fascinates Rodrigo because she is unaware of how unhappy she should be

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