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Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewarsship; even the…

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Nadine Gordimer has said that, rather than the coherence suggested by the novel, the experience of human life is more like "the flash of fireflies, in and out, now here, how there, in darkness. Short-story writers see by the light of the flash; theirs is the…

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This is the moving story of the unforgettable Rosa Burger, a young woman from South Africa cast in the mold of a revolutionary tradition. Rosa tries to uphold her heritage handed on by martyred parents while still carving out a sense of self. Although it is…

Get A Life

by Nadine Gordimer

|January 9, 2007

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Paul Bannerman, an ecologist in South Africa, is a committed environmentalist fighting a huge nuclear reactor project with its danger of leaking radiation. He believes he understands the trajectory of his life, with the usual markers of vocation and marriage. But…

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A sharply observed new novel about post-apartheid South Africa from the Nobel Prize winner 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 a deep…

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In this collection of new stories, Nadine Gordimer crosses the frontiers of politics, memory, sexuality, and love with the fearless insight that is the hallmark of her writing. A middle-aged, anti-apartheid academic embarks on a search for his own racial…

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"You're not responsible for your ancestry, are you . . . But if that's so, why have marched under banned slogans, got yourself beaten up by the police, arrested a couple of times; plastered walls with subversive posters . . . The past is valid only in relation to…

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Almayer’s Folly , Joseph Conrad’s first novel, is a tale of personal tragedy as well as a broader meditation on the evils of colonialism. Set in the lush jungle of Borneo in the late 1800s, it tells of the Dutch merchant Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for…

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Masterly new fiction from the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature A startling new work: ten fictions, each a revelation of our interior lives, each entering unforeseen contexts of our contemporary world. In the title story, an earthquake exposes both an…

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In Beethoven was 1/16 zwart buigt Nadine Gordimer, die de Grote Geschiedenis als geen ander kent, zich over kleine, sociale gebeurtenissen. De verhalen gaan over dood, verlies en rouw, waarbij de identiteit van de personages centraal staat. Zo komt een vrouw die…

July's People

by Nadine Gordimer

|September 1, 2014

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For years, it has been what is called a “deteriorating situation.” Now it is war. All over South Africa, cities are battlegrounds, and radio and television stations are under siege. Bam and Maureen Smales take up their servant July’s suggestion…