Something Out There: Stories

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Viking Press, 1984 - Fiction - 203 pages
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A collection of nine stories and one novella explore the secret and collusive codes by which people live together

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User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

A somewhat depressing collection of short stories set in South Africa in the late 70's and early 80's. I thought the writing was just so-so, but I may have found it to be more interesting if I knew more about the politics of South Africa at the time. Read full review

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User Review  - Shailesh Sonar - Goodreads

Black Baboon in the novel.... It was reminded by "Kala Bunder" in 'Delhi 6'. Social fabric of South Africa, politics and how media forgets the black baboon the very next moment after another breaking news....well woven. Read full review

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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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