Clarice Lispector - The Hour of the Star

Cyprus : Clarice Lispector - The Hour of the Star

The Pharos Arts Foundation, in collaboration with Ideogramma and the Moufflon Bookshop, and with the kind support of the Embassy of Brazil in Cyprus, presents a literary evening featuring the works of the celebrated Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector, and the launch of the Greek edition of The Hour of the Star, which was her last book before she died in 1977. Stephanos Stephanides, poet and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cyprus, will give a talk on the significance of Lispector’s works in Brazilian literature. Extracts from the works, in both Greek and English, will be read by actress Nayia Karacosta and poet Lily Michaelides. Greek copies of The Hour of the Star, as well as various titles in several other languages will be on sale at the event.


Clarice Lispector was born in 1920 to a Jewish family in western Ukraine. As a result of the anti-Semitic violence they endured, the family fled to Brazil in 1922, and Clarice Lispector grew up in Recife. Following the death of her mother when Clarice was nine, she moved to Rio de Janeiro with her father and two sisters, and she went on to study law. Her innovative writing was recognised when she was 23, with the appearance of her first novel Petro do Cioracao Selvagem (Near to The Wild Heart). Lispector left Brazil in 1944, having married a diplomat who was sent to Europe. In Rome, she met Giuseppe Ungaretti, who translated parts of her first novel, and Giorgio de Chirico who painted her portrait. She lived and wrote her novels in Naples (The Chandelier and O Lustre), Bern (The Besieged City – A Cicade Sitiada), Torquay (The Apple in the Dark), and finally in the United States. On her return to Rio de Janeiro in 1959, Clarice Lispector met the American poet Elizabeth Bishop who translated a few of her short stories into English. It was then that Lispector began working on her greatest novels – A Paixao Segundo G.H (The Passion According to G.H) and Agua Viva. Since her death, in 1977, there has been an increasing interest in her work. Her novels have been translated in many languages and Lispector has been established as a major literary figure of the 20th century.


Pharos Arts Foundation: & Tel: +357 22663871

Moufflon Bookshop: & Tel. 22-665155


Friday, April 21st, 2017
Time: Starts at 20:30


304 Ermou Street
Nicosia, Nicosia Cyprus


€15 / €10


Pharos Arts Foundation
Phone: 22663871

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