Beethoven Was One-sixteenth Black
This rich story collection will be a reminder to Nadine Gordimer's countless admirers, and a taster for the uninitiated, of her enduring imaginative power. A woman gauges the state of her marriage by the tone of her husband's cello; a wife reads her husband's mood by the scent in the nape of his neck; a newly emigrated couple are divided by visual obsession, he with his native Budapest, she with South African suburbia. With consummate artistry, Gordimer illustrates the show downs, standoffs and highlights of human intimacy while penetrating the nuances of immigration, national identity and race.
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Beethoven Was One Sixteenth Black and Other Stories: Library EditionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Read by two different narrators, this collection of 13 stories gives a good sense of the diversity of Nobel prize winner Gordimer's work and its longtime focus on relationships, politics, race, and ... Read full review
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