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Viking Press, 1975 - Fiction - 381 pages
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In stories written over a period of thirty years, individuals caught up in racial and other South African tensions choose or fall victim to visions and fears of freedom and change

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User Review  - Dawn - Goodreads

Rare insights into the lives of common folk in South Africa. A book of stories to pick up and read any time, any place. A keeper! Read full review

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

There are no duds, and many gems in this collection. Her characters are varied and vivid, her writing is flawless and her ability to describe psychological states is exceptional. For a history of South African life, through literature, from the 50s-70s, this is a perfect volume. Read full review

Contents

Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet?
11
The Soft Voice of the Serpent
19
The Catch
31
Copyright

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About the author (1975)

Winner of many international awards, South African Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs, Transvaal and received her education at a convent school and at the University of the Witersand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Gordimer - novelist, short story writer, and essayist - is one of South Africa's best-known authors, and she is perhaps the country's most gifted contemporary novelist. In her fiction Gordimer consistently attacks the system of apartheid from the standpoint of the white middle class. Her stories show how some whites slowly awaken to the injustice and moral corruption of the system while others fail to see how the racial policy eats away at the moral basis of society. Gordimer's narratives are rich in detail and precise observation. She frequently uses a single well-drawn event, incident, or scene to capture the sense of broad social decay she seeks to depict. In an early work, The Late Bourgeois World (1966), she expresses some cautious hope for the future of South Africa. A Sport of Nature (1987), her most recent novel, shows the development of a young, middle-class, white woman into a political activist.

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