Why haven't you written?: selected stories, 1950-1972

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Penguin Books, 1992 - Fiction - 230 pages
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User Review  - Narnia - Goodreads

Beautifully written. The stories are short but pack a punch Read full review

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User Review  - Jon Forisha - Goodreads

This is a collection of some of Gordimer's earlier stories. Most deal with girl protagonists and most of the girls grew up and/or still live in South Africa. Since that's what Gordimer does and is ... Read full review

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The Defeated
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A Watcher of the Dead M
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About the author (1992)

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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