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 39 Archive: Jean Stein Annick Weber chronicles the life of one of New York’s great storytellers. Arts & Culture Issue 39 Susanna Moore The sharp-eyed writer on high society and her supermodel past. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Anne Tyler The author of sprawling family dramas on her own epic half-century of writing. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Cult Rooms On a barren stretch of British coastline, Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage is a bold celebration of beauty against all odds. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Peer Review Michelle Dean, author of Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion celebrates Renata Adler. Arts & Culture Issue 35 Mieko Kawakami Meet the rising author who already longs for obsolescence.