Conversations with Nadine Gordimer

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 321 pages
Conversations with Nadine Gordimer edited by Nancy Topping Bazin and Marilyn Dallman Seymour Nadine Gordimer is one of the contemporary world's most admired writers of novels and short stories. This volume collects three decades of her interviews. In them she presents her attitudes toward her art and its interconnection with the oppressive, volatile politics in her native land. She has traveled extensively to other countries only to discover that no matter how white her skin she is indeed African and the only country she can call home is South Africa. "If you write honestly about life in South Africa, apartheid damns itself," she says. She is ruthlessly honest, and her fiction has played the vital role of communicating in detail to the rest of the world the effects of apartheid upon the daily lives of the South African people. To maintain her integrity, she writes as though she "were dead," without any thought of how anyone will react to what she has written. She remains heroically undaunted both by the banning of three of her novels by the white government and by the protests of radical blacks who assert that whites cannot write convincingly about blacks. She is concerned neither with the image of blacks nor with the image of whites, only with revealing the complexity, the full truth. This truth condemns the racism upon which apartheid is built. In her nine novels and eight volumes of short stories, Gordimer digs deeper and deeper until she has "thematic layers." These include "betrayal-political, sexual, every form" and "power, the way human beings use power in their relationships." Her accounts in these interviews of how she works and of which writers she admires will fascinate readers, scholars, teachers, and students alike. Co-editors Nancy Topping Bazin retired from the faculty of the English and women's studies departments at Old Dominion University, and Marilyn Dallman Seymour retired from the staff of the Government Publications Department of the Old Dominion University Library.
 

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Contents

Itself in Her Book The Man on the Reef
3
Nadine Gordimer John Barkham
9
A Writer in South Africa Alan Ross
33
Nadine Gordimer Talks to Andrew Salkey Andrew Salkey
43
An Interview with Nadine Gordimer
49
Diamonds Are PolishedSo Is Nadine Diane Cassere
55
Landmark in Fiction Stephen Gray
67
The Solitude of a White Writer
73
An Interview with Nadine
161
An Interview with Nadine Gordimer Stephen Gray
176
The Clash Diana CooperClark
215
An Interview Marilyn Powell
229
Nadine Gordimer Junction Avenue Theatre Company
247
A Morning
264
An Interview with Nadine Gordimer
281
Nadine Gordimer Margaret Walters
285

The Writers Who Are Hardest Hit Carol Dalglish
84
Novelist with a Conscience
96
Interview Johannes Riis
101
Nadine Gordimer on BBCs Arts and Africa
122
Nadine Gordimer Jill FullertonSmith
299
Index
314
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