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The Hour of the Star

The Hour of the Star

by Clarice Lispector

The Hour of the Star Resources

Websites

Words Are Living Tissue

Gross title aside, this website has some pretty cool writing about Lispector and her work—including a look at how the mystical writings of the Jewish Kabbalah might have affected her work.

Why You Should Know Clarice Lispector

The most important Jewish writer since Kafka, and also a part-time beauty columnist with a penchant for Chanel suits. Yeah, she's complex.

Spotlight on Clarice Lispector

We love it when titles are this clear and concise. This is, in fact, a spotlight on Lispector.

Macabéa in Wonderland

Okay, so it's not a wonderland and there's no rabbit-hole, but maybe Macabéa does have something in common with Alice from Alice in Wonderland. See what you think.

Wo(man) Writing Self

If you're up for a challenge, try this long essay about why you should maybe feel bad about yourself for enjoying this book.

Movie Productions

Hour of the Star

We don't recommend watching it instead of the book, since it totally cuts out the narrator—but they must have done something right, because this 1985 film won an award for best actress in the 36th Berlin International Film Festival.

Interviews and Articles

Big Questions

Clarice Lispector wasn't one for small talk. Here's the transcript of a conversation she had with musician Tom Jobim.

An Enigma Wrapped in a Mystery

If you just can't get enough Clarice Lispector, here's a thorough and fascinating look at the mysterious writer.

Audio/Visual

Words, Words, Words

Listen to translator Benjamin Moser discuss his work on The Hour of the Star, starting around 19.30.

Hope You Speak Portuguese

In February 1977, Clarice Lispector gave her only televised interview with Júlio Lerner of TV Cultura in São Paulo. Sorry, no subtitles.

Images

She Could Have Been in Pictures

Check out a gorgeous black and white photo of a beautiful, young Clarice Lispector.

International Woman of Mystery

Check out the eyelashes in this photo of the aging Lispector.

Macabéa, the Actual Film Star

We have to say, she doesn't look particularly ugly.

Where the World is Macabéa?

Here's a map of Alagoas, the Northeastern state where Macabéa was from. See if you can spot the capital city of Maceió, which is where Macabéa was raised by her crazy, cruel aunt.

From Maceió …

Here's a photo of Maceió, the capital of Alagoas. Somehow, we suspect that Macabéa's life didn't look much like this.

… to Río de Janeiro

You can really see how Macabéa would get lost in the crowd.

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