Selected Stories

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Viking Press, 1976 - 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  - Joanna - Goodreads

An excellent collection of short stories by this Nobel Prize winning author. The stories are arranged chronologically by publication date and range from stories published in the 1950s to those in the ... Read full review

Contents

from The Soft Voice of the Serpent
19
A Bit of Young Life
48
QSix Feet of the Country
59
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About the author (1976)

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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