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Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector March 11, 2021, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Register here! $15 for HBT members, $25 for non-members Lispector was a Brazilian novelist and short story writer
Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
March 11, 2021, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
$15 for HBT members, $25 for non-members
Lispector was a Brazilian novelist and short story writer acclaimed internationally for her innovative novels and short stories. Born to a Jewish family in Western Ukraine, as an infant she moved to Brazil with her family, amidst the antisemitism engulfing her native land. Since her death in 1977, Clarice Lispector has earned universal recognition as Brazil’s greatest modern writer, and is often compared to Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.
Hour of the Star is Lispector’s devastating final work. It tells the haunting tale of Macabéa—a typist who lives in the slums of Rio—underfed, sickly, and unloved, yet inwardly free. The novella is narrated by Rodrigo S.M., himself a complex character. This is a challenging, yet rewarding short novel for us to study, and learning about the author is also rewarding.
We will be joined by our congregant Prof. Neil Besner, former Provost of the University of Winnipeg. Neil has become knowledgeable on Brazilian writing through his academic work on Canadian writer Elizabeth Bishop, who translated some Lispector stories. He will give us background on Lispector and her times, and talk about the challenges of translation.
“Lispector had an ability to write as though no one had ever written before. One of the hidden geniuses of the twentieth century…. original and brilliant, haunting and disturbing.” Colm Toibin
(Thursday) 10:30 am - 12:00 pm