Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black

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Penguin Group USA, 2008 - Fiction - 192 pages
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Always exploring the boundaries of race, identity, politics, memory, sexuality, and love with fearless insight and deep compassion, Nadine Gordimer has produced another masterpiece of short fiction. From a former anti-apartheid activist's search for his own racial identity by tracing his great-grandfather's part in South Africa's diamond industry to a parrot that scandalizes people with repetitions of their quarrels and clandestine love-talk, this new collection of stories eloquently probes how people are never free from their past nor spared from loss.

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User Review  - anneofia - LibraryThing

Most of the dozen or so stories in this volume were disappointing to me. The title story seemed pointless; possibly because I didn't understand many of the allusions tossed in as asides to the main ... Read full review

Beethoven Was One Sixteenth Black and Other Stories: Library Edition

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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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Nadine Gordimer is the author of eleven previous novels, as well as collections of stories and essays. She has received many awards, including the Booker Prize (for The Conservationist in 1974) and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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