No Time Like The Present

Paperback | March 27, 2012

byNadine Gordimer

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Nadine Gordimer is one of our most telling contemporary writers. With each new work, she attacks—with a clear-eyed fierceness, a lack of sentimentality, and an understanding of the darkest depths of the human soul—her theme: the inextricable link between personal life and political, communal history. Revelation of this, not only in her homeland, South Africa, but in the twenty-first-century world, is fresh evidence of her literary genius: in the sharpness of her psychological insights, the stark beauty of her language,the complexity of her characters, and the difficult choices with which they are faced.

In No Time Like the Present, Gordimer brings the reader into the lives of Steven Reed and Jabulile Gumede, a “mixed” couple, both of whom have been combatants in the struggle for freedom against apartheid. Once clandestine lovers under a racist law forbidding sexual relations between white and black, they are now in the new South Africa, where freedom—the “better life for all” fought for, promised—is being created while challenged by political and racial tensions, the hangover of moral ambiguities that, along with the vast gap between affluence and mass poverty, haunts from the past. No freedom from personal involvement in these, in the personal intimacy of love.

The subject is contemporary, but Gordimer’s treatment is, as ever, timeless. In No Time Like the Present, she shows herself once again a master novelist, at the height of her prodigious powers.

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Nadine Gordimer is one of our most telling contemporary writers. With each new work, she attacks—with a clear-eyed fierceness, a lack of sentimentality, and an understanding of the darkest depths of the human soul—her theme: the inextricable link between personal life and political, communal history. Revelation of this, not only in her...

Nadine Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991, is the author of fifteen novels, more than ten volumes of stories, and three nonfiction collections. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.11 inPublished:March 27, 2012Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143184075

ISBN - 13:9780143184072

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“In this intensely reflective novel of conscience, Gordimer dramatizes with acute specificity, wit, and sympathy the mix of guilt and conviction her freedom-fighter characters experience...New works by Gordimer are always “hot,” but the subject of this towering novel, the long aftermath of a liberation movement, is exceedingly timely in the wake of the Arab spring. ” - BOOKLIST, starred review“Gordimer is as vital, lacerating and unbowed as ever. We feel breathless trying to keep up with her, but here, as elsewhere, it’s well worth the effort.” - Toronto Star