Clarice Lispector, the Ukrainian-born Brazilian novelist and short-story writer, arrived fully formed. Her debut novel, the astonishing Near to the Wild Heart, was published in 1943 when she was only 23 years old. The book cribs its title from James Joyce and, like Joyce, Lispector believed in the possibility of epiphany through language—that it is possible to enter into a profound form of communion with it, a sort of deeper knowing. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 50 Angela Trimbur An all-out tour de force. Arts & Culture Issue 50 On the Shelf Writer Hua Hsu on faxes and friendship. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Julia Bainbridge On the life-enhancing potential of not drinking alcohol. Arts & Culture Food Issue 46 At Work With: Deb Perelman The little blog that could: An interview with Smitten Kitchen’s unflappable founder. Arts & Culture Issue 45 Lisa Taddeo On writing the secret lives of women.