Slightly Foxed Issue 37 & Near to the Wild Heart

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Slightly Foxed Issue 37

In this issue: Michael Marett-Crosby journeys into the heart of ‘Hurricane Clarice’ • Ates Orga recalls how his father’s Portrait of a Turkish Family came to be written • Allison Pearson meets Mrs Miniver • Annabel Walker eavesdrops on Amos Oz in Jerusalem • Gordon Bowker turns ultramarine • Chris Schüler celebrates the atlas • Marie Forsyth volunteers in a charity bookshop • Derek Parker delights in the letters of Horace Walpole • Oliver Pritchett examines the etiquette of reading in bed . . .

Near to the Wild Heart

The sensational, prize-winning debut novel Near to the Wild Heart was published when author Clarice Lispector was just twenty-three and earned her the name ‘Hurricane Clarice’. It tells the story of Joana, from her wild, creative childhood, as the ‘little egg’ who writes poems for her father, through her marriage to the faithless Otávio and on to her decision to make her own way in the world. As Joana, endlessly mutable, moves through different emotional states, different inner lives and different truths, this impressionistic, dreamlike and fiercely intelligent novel asks if any of us ever really know who we are.

Reviewed by Michael Marett-Crosby in Slightly Foxed Issue 37.

Hurricane Clarice

The sleeper lounge is old-fashioned British Rail, all tartan carpet, smeared tables and microwave cuisine. Tonight it contains a gathering of solitaries, all of us making separate journeys to London....

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