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The Colonizer And The Colonized (Paperback, New Edition): Albert Memmi The Colonizer And The Colonized (Paperback, New Edition)
Albert Memmi; Introduction by Nadine Gordimer
R255 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Written in 1957, when North African independence movements were gaining momentum, The Colonizer and the Colonized studies the enduring legacy, political as much as psychological, of colonisation throughout the world.

Albert Memmi depicts colonialism as a disease of the European but crucially he demonstrates that colonialism destroys both the colonizer and the colonized, providing penetrating insights into colonial inheritance and resistance that remain as relevant today. One of the great works of twentieth-century political thought, The Colonizer and the Colonized speaks to experiences in the Global South as well as European countries such as Britain and France, who are still struggling with their imperial pasts. In revealing the mechanisms of colonial oppression, it also highlights the origins of all oppression of one group by another.

This edition includes introductions by two of the greatest writers of the twentieth-century: South African novelist and Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, and Jean-Paul Sartre.

Jump and Other Stories (Paperback): Nadine Gordimer Jump and Other Stories (Paperback)
Nadine Gordimer
R348 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A new collection of short stories from the author of My Son's Story. In 16 stories ranging from the dynamics of family life to the worldwide confusion of human values, Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer gives readers access to many lives in places as far apart as suburban London, Mozambique, a mythical island, and South Africa.

Telling Tales (Paperback, 1st Picador pbk. ed): Nadine Gordimer Telling Tales (Paperback, 1st Picador pbk. ed)
Nadine Gordimer
R389 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R64 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Rarely have world writers of such variety and distinction appeared together in the same anthology. Their stories capture the range of emotions and situations of our human universe: tragedy, comedy, fantasy, satire, dramas of sexual love and of war in different continents and cultures. They are not about HIV / AIDS. But all twenty-one writers have given their stories--chosen by themselves as representing some of the best of their lifetime work as storytellers--without any fee or royalty.
"Telling Tales" is being published in more than twelve countries. The publisher's profits from the sales of this book will go to HIV / AIDS preventive education and for medical treatment for people living with the suffering this pandemic infection brings to our contemporary world. So when you buy this unique anthology of renowned storytellers as a gift or for your own reading pleasure, you are also making a gift to combat the plague of our new millennium.
Nadine Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991, is the author of fourteen novels, nine volumes of stories, and three nonfiction collections. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. This anthology is a literary part of a worldwide effort to raise money for fighting HIV/AIDS.
Rarely have world writers of such variety and distinction appeared together in the same anthology. Their stories capture the range of emotions and situations of our human universe: tragedy, comedy, fantasy, satire, dramas of sexual love and of war in different continents and cultures. These tales are not about HIV/AIDS. But all twenty-one writers have given their stories--chosen by themselves as representing some of the best of their lifetime work as storytellers--without any fee or royalty.
"Telling Tales" is published in more than twelve countries. The publishers' profits from the sales of this book go to HIV/AIDS preventive education, and for medical treatment for people living with the suffering this pandemic infection brings to our contemporary world. This unique collection of renowned storytellers is much more than a gathering of great literature; it is a gift to combat the plague of our new millennium.
"A stellar roster, including five Nobelists--Gordimer, Grass, Oe, Marquez, and Saramago--offers 21 stories in a fundraising effort for HIV and AIDS in southern Africa."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"The 21 stellar writers in this international short-story collection include five Nobel winners. All the stories were chosen by the writers themselves and contributed without any fee, and all profits go to fight HIV-AIDS in southern Africa. The stories are not about AIDS, but several are about war and about dying. In Njabulo Ndbele's 'Death of a Son, ' parents fight to get their child's body from the apartheid police. 'The Ultimate Safari, ' by Gordimer, who edited the anthology, is a searing, unforgettable account of a desperate refugee child hiding from the fancy tourists in a famous game park. In contrast, Woody Allen has contributed his hilarious "New Yorker" piece lampooning the financier whose kid was turned down by a prestigious Manhattan preschool. There are also fine stories by Margaret Atwood, Hanef Kureishi, Arthur Miller, Salman Rushdie, and more."--"Booklist "
"A stellar roster, including five Nobelists--Gordimer, Grass, Oe, Marquez, and Saramago--offers 21 stories in a fundraising effort for HIV and AIDS in southern Africa. Chinua Achebe's 'Sugar Baby' is a razor-edged retrospective look at one man's inability to adjust to deprivation in the midst of protracted war. Margaret Atwood's stunning 'The Age of Lead' juxtaposes the narrator's watching news reports about a sailor frozen on an ill-fated Arctic expedition with memories of her lifelong friend, bonded since their teens by a desire for a 'life without consequences.' Now, Vincent is dead at 43 of 'a mutated virus that didn't even have a name yet'--the consequence of 'things you don't even know you've done.' In the powerful 'The Ultimate Safari, ' Gordimer's narrator, a young girl in Mozambique whose mother has disappeared and whose father is in the war, flees with her grandparents. They walk for days through Kruger Park, 'a kind of whole country of animals--elephants, lions, jackals, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles'--to a refugee camp, where they live for more than two years, so long that the grandmother, whose husband disappeared on the trek, feels there is no home to return to. 'Bulldog, ' Arthur Miller's straightforward Brooklyn coming-of-age story, revolves around a seductive woman selling puppies, while Njabule S. Ndebele's heartbreaking 'Death of a Son' chronicles the two weeks it takes for a young Johannesburg couple to get back their child's body, killed when soldiers and police patrolling the township began shooting. Saramago's 'The Centaur' is the beautifully wrought parable of the last Centaur to survive, wandering for centuries until there is no longer a wilderness to hide in. John Updike's ponderous 'The Journey to the Dead, ' about a man's self-serving and increasingly awkward visits to a dying woman who was his ex-wife's best friend, is one of the few clinkers. By its nature more somber than not, a variety of voices with important stories."--"Kirkus Reviews "

Jump (Paperback, New edition): Nadine Gordimer Jump (Paperback, New edition)
Nadine Gordimer
R322 R234 Discovery Miles 2 340 Save R88 (27%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

These stories take the reader on journeys across cultures, from the war in Mozambique to the beaches of the South of France, from the affluent suburbs of Johannesburg to the back streets of London, over political territories from the Underground to revolution. Gordimer brings to life unforgettable characters from every corner of society, in a vivid, disturbing portrait of life in South Africa under apartheid.

To find out more about the author, visit www.bloomsbury.com/nadinegordimer

'Gordimer’s latest collection of short stories nimbly examines South Africa’s interweaving of the political and the personal, while coolly disregarding the comforts of cant. Empowered by a perfect ear and a formidable imaginative confidence, she offers an orchestra of strange narrative voices — a child refugee fleeing civil war in Mozambique; a black activist’s deserted wife waiting for better times; a white farmer responding to the death of his illegitimate black son — without once sounding a false note … a predictably intelligent and assured collection' —Zoe Heller, Independent on Sunday

'Marvellous … Nadine Gordimer doesn’t tell so much as uncloak' —Observer

'Gutsily modern … Gordimer is one of the greats. These stories are intellectual frighteners that always catch you, if not in the conscience, then in the heart' —Mail on Sunday

'Gordimer has rarely been more profound or more quietly brilliant than in these exquisitely subtle stories, whose power is equal to a thousand manifestos' —Publishers Weekly

'The tales in Jump are not committed to a specific political ideology but to the grand task of spiritual examination and social redemptino ... this expansive vision, its moral power and artistic integrity, is what elevates her fiction among that of most of her contemporaries' —New York Times Book Review

July's People (Paperback, New edition): Nadine Gordimer July's People (Paperback, New edition)
Nadine Gordimer
R251 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

For years, it has been what is called a 'deteriorating situation'. Now all over South Africa the cities are battlegrounds. The members of the Smales family - liberal whites - are rescued from the terror by their servant, July, who leads them to refuge in his native village. What happens to the Smaleses and to July - the shifts in character and relationships - gives us an unforgettable look into the terrifying, tacit understandings and misunderstandings between blacks and whites.

The Conservationist (Paperback): Nadine Gordimer The Conservationist (Paperback)
Nadine Gordimer
R257 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm. As the upheaval in Mehring's world increasingly resembles that in the country as a whole, it becomes clear that only a seismic shift in ideas and concrete action can avert annihilation.

No Time Like the Present (Paperback): Nadine Gordimer No Time Like the Present (Paperback)
Nadine Gordimer 1
R290 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R47 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Nadine Gordimer is one of our most telling contemporary writers. With each new work, she attacks - with a clear-eyed lack of sentimentality, and an understanding of the darkest depths of the human soul - the inextricable link between personal life and political, communal history. The revelation of this theme in each new work, not only in her homeland South Africa, but the twenty-first century world, is evidence of her literary genius: in the sharpness of her psychological insights, the stark beauty of her language, the complexity of her characters and the difficult choices with which they are faced. In No Time Like the Present, Gordimer brings the reader into the lives of Steven Reed and Jabulile Gumede, a 'mixed' couple, both of whom have been combatants in the struggle for freedom against apartheid. Once clandestine lovers under racist law forbidding sexual relations between white and black, they are now in the new South Africa. The place and time where freedom - the 'better life for all' that was fought for and promised - is being created but also challenged by political and racial tensions, while the hangover of moral ambiguities and the vast and growing gap between affluence and mass poverty, continue to haunt the present. No freedom from personal involvement in these or in the personal intimacy of love. The subject is contemporary, but Gordimer's treatment is timeless. In No Time Like the Present, she shows herself once again a master novelist, at the height of her prodigious powers.

House Gun (Paperback): Nadine Gordimer House Gun (Paperback)
Nadine Gordimer
R374 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R65 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"With the scaffolding of a courtroom drama and the moral underpinnings of the state's responsibility, the novel infuses an isolated crime of passion with the atmospheric pressure of a country reeling from its own past." --"The Boston Sunday Globe"A house gun, like a house cat: a fact of ordinary daily life. How else can you defend yourself against intruders and thieves in post-apartheid South Africa? The respected executive director of an insurance company, Harald, and his doctor wife, Claudia, are faced with "something that could never happen to them" Their son, Duncan, has murdered a man. In this powerful and disturbing anatomy of a murder, Nadine Gordimer examines the effect of violence on the complicated web of love that holds together parents and children, friends and lovers.

Burger's Daughter (Paperback, New edition): Nadine Gordimer Burger's Daughter (Paperback, New edition)
Nadine Gordimer
R303 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R59 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this work, Nadine Gordimer unfolds the story of a young woman's slowly evolving identity in the turbulent political environment of present-day South Africa. Her father's death in prison leaves Rosa Burger alone to explore the intricacies of what it actually means to be Burger's daughter.

A Path Through Hard Grass - A Journalist's Memories of Exile and Apartheid (Paperback): Ruth Weiss A Path Through Hard Grass - A Journalist's Memories of Exile and Apartheid (Paperback)
Ruth Weiss; Foreword by Nadine Gordimer
R200 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R28 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days
Telling Tales (Paperback): Nadine Gordimer Telling Tales (Paperback)
Nadine Gordimer 2
R235 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R39 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Along with making music, the art of storytelling is the oldest form of enchantment as entertainment. The twenty-one stories in this anthology are written in different 'voices' - vividly individual styles - and all have come together to bring the joy of reading to whoever takes up this remarkable collection. All twenty-one writers have given their stories without any fee or royalty. The publishers of each edition in each country where the anthology is published have produced the book without receiving any profit or royalty. Musicians have given their talents for the benefit of the forty million men, women and children infected with HIV and AIDS worldwide. These writers have decided that they too wanted to contribute in some way to the fight against the pandemic disease from which no country, no individual, is safely isolated.

Familiarity Is the Kingdom of the Lost (Paperback): Dugmore Boetie Familiarity Is the Kingdom of the Lost (Paperback)
Dugmore Boetie; Edited by Vusumuzi R. Kumalo, Benjamin N Lawrance; Introduction by Benjamin N Lawrance, Vusumuzi R. Kumalo; Foreword by …
R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A fast-paced romp through apartheid-era South Africa that exemplifies the creative human capacity to overcome seemingly omnipotent enemies and overwhelming odds. The picaresque hero of this novel, Duggie, is a dispossessed black street kid turned con man. Duggie's response to being confined to the lowest level of South Africa's oppressive and humiliating racial hierarchy is to one-up its absurdity with his own glib logic and preposterous schemes. Duggie's story, as one critic puts it, offers "an encyclopedic catalogue of rip-offs, swindles, and hoaxes" that regularly land him in jail and rely on his white targets' refusal to admit a black man is capable of outsmarting them. Duggie exploits South Africa's bureaucratic pass laws and leverages his artificial leg every chance he gets. As "a worthless embarrassment to the authorities and a bad example to the convicts," Duggie even manages to get himself thrown out of jail. From Duggie's Depression-era childhood in urban Johannesburg to World War II and the rise of the white supremacist apartheid regime to his final, bitter triumph, Boetie's narrative celebrates humanity's relentless drive to survive at any cost. This new edition of Boetie's out-of-print classic features a recently discovered photograph of the author, an introduction replete with previously unpublished research, numerous annotations, and is accompanied by Lionel Abrahams' haunting poem, "Soweto Funeral," composed after attending Boetie's interment, all of which render the text accessible to a new generation of readers.

Life Times - Stories 1952-2007 (Paperback): Nadine Gordimer Life Times - Stories 1952-2007 (Paperback)
Nadine Gordimer
R339 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R51 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Throughout her career the internationally renowned South African writer Nadine Gordimer has built a literary reputation with her incisive short stories as much as with her acclaimed novels. Together with her essays, this highly imaginative and committed body of work won her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. In the opinion of the Academy: 'Through her magnificent epic writing she has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity.' Gordimer has said that while novelists take the reader by the hand developing 'a consistency of relationship that does not and cannot convey the quality of human life, where contact is more like the flash of fireflies, in and out, now here, now there, in darkness. Short-story writers see by the light of the flash; theirs is the only thing one can be sure of - the present moment.' Now, for the first time, the best of her stories are published in one volume.

Telling Times - Writing and Living, 1950-2008 (Paperback): Nadine Gordimer Telling Times - Writing and Living, 1950-2008 (Paperback)
Nadine Gordimer 1
R396 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R97 (24%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Never before has Gordimer, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, published such a comprehensive collection of her nonfiction. Telling Tales represents the full span of her works in that field-from the twilight of white rule in South Africa to the fight to overthrow the apartheid regime, and most recently, her role over the past seven years in confronting the contemporary phenomena of violence and the dangers of HIV. The range of this book is staggering, and the work in totality celebrates the lively perseverance of the life-loving individual in the face of political tumult, then the onslaught of a globalized world. The abiding passionate spirit that informs "A South African Childhood," a youthful autobiographical piece published in The New Yorker in 1954, can be found in each of the book's ninety-one pieces that span a period of fifty-five years. Returning to a lifetime of nonfiction work has become an extraordinary experience for Gordimer. She takes from one of her revered great writers, Albert Camus, the conviction that the writer is a "responsible human being" attuned not alone to dedication to the creation of fiction but to the political vortex that inevitably encompasses twentieth- and twenty-first-century life. Born in 1923, Gordimer, who as a child was ambitious to become a ballet dancer, was recognized at fifteen as a writing prodigy. Her sensibility was as much shaped by wide reading as it was to eye-opening sight, passing on her way to school the grim labor compounds where black gold miners lived. These twin decisives-literature and politics-infuse the book, which includes historic accounts of the political atmosphere, firsthand, after the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 and the Soweto uprising of 1976, as well as incisive close-up portraits of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, among others. Gordimer revisits the eternally relevant legacies of Tolstoy, Proust, and Flaubert, and engages vigorously with contemporaries like Susan Sontag, Octavio Paz, and Edward Said. But some of her most sensuous writing comes in her travelogues, where the politics of Africa blend seamlessly with its awe-inspiring nature-including spectacular recollections of childhood holidays beside South Africa's coast of the Indian Ocean and a riveting account of her journey the length of the Congo River in the wake of Conrad. Gordimer's body of work is an extraordinary vision of the world that harks back to the sensibilities-political, moral, and social-of Dickens and Tolstoy, but with a decidedly vivid contemporary consciousness. Telling Times becomes both a literary exploration and extraordinary document of social and political history in our times.

Loot (Paperback, New edition): Nadine Gordimer Loot (Paperback, New edition)
Nadine Gordimer 2
R328 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R51 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A startling new work from a Nobel prize-winning author: ten short stories, each a revelation of our interior lives, each entering unforeseen contexts of our contemporary world. In the title story an earthquake exposes both an ocean bed strewn with treasure among the dead, and the avarice of the town's survivors. In 'The Diamond Mine' a woman remembers her first, passionately erotic experience, hidden, in the company of her parents, with a soldier who may not be alive to remember her. The anopheles mosquito brings death to the saunas and other playgrounds of the developed with in 'The Emissary'. In 'Karma', Gordimer's inventiveness knows no bounds: in five returns to the earthly life, taking on different ages and genders, a disembodied narrator testifies to unfinished business - critically, wittily - and questions the nature of existence.

The Pickup (Paperback, New edition): Nadine Gordimer The Pickup (Paperback, New edition)
Nadine Gordimer 2
R257 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R17 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Julie Summers' car breaks down in a sleazy street. A young Arab garage mechanic comes to her aid. Out of this meeting develops a story of relentless emotions as the young man is deported and Julie insists on going with him. He is dedicated to leaving while she becomes attached to her new home.

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The House Gun (Paperback, New edition): Nadine Gordimer The House Gun (Paperback, New edition)
Nadine Gordimer 2
R234 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R13 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Harold, a respected director of an insurance company, and his doctor wife, Claudia, are faced with something they believed could never happen to them: their son has committed murder. What kind of loyalty do parents owe a son who has committed this horror? And where is it they have failed him?
 
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No Time Like the Present (Paperback): Nadine Gordimer No Time Like the Present (Paperback)
Nadine Gordimer
R435 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R75 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"A perfect example of what literature can give us that history books cannot."--Francine Prose, "The New York Times Book Review" A "New York Times Book Review" Editors' Choice Steve and Jabulile, once clandestine lovers under a racist law forbidding sexual relations between black and white, are living in a newly free South Africa. Both were combatants in the struggle against apartheid, and now, he, a university lecturer, and she, a lawyer, are parents of children born in freedom. But as the ideals of this "better life for all" are challenged by the realities of the world around them, Steve and Jabulile consider leaving the country they so vehemently fought to free.
The subject in "No Time Like the Present "is contemporary, but Nadine Gordimer's treatment is, as ever, timeless. In the telling of this conflicted couple, she captures the fragmented essence of a nation.

Falls the Shadow: The Life and Times of Athol Fugard (DVD): Athol Fugard, Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer, Desmond Tutu, F.W.De... Falls the Shadow: The Life and Times of Athol Fugard (DVD)
Athol Fugard, Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer, Desmond Tutu, F.W.De Klerk, …
R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Director Tony Palmer's in-depth profile of the South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director. In celebration of his 80th birthday, the film looks back at the life and work of the man whose political plays exposed the reality of life during the apartheid era to a worldwide audience. Featuring an extensive interview with the playwright, the film also includes contributions from Nelson Mandela, Nadine Gordimer, Desmond Tutu, F.W.de Klerk, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Antony Sher, Alan Rickman and Kathy Bates.

Living in Hope and History (Paperback, First): Nadine Gordimer, Gordimer Living in Hope and History (Paperback, First)
Nadine Gordimer, Gordimer
R429 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R71 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Internationally celebrated for her novels, Nadine Gordimer has devoted much of her life and fiction to the political struggles of the Third World, the New World, and her native South Africa. Living in Hope and History is an on-the-spot record of her years as a public figure--an observer of apartheid and its aftermath, a member of the ANC, and the champion of dissident writers everywhere.

In a letter to fellow Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe, Nadine Gordimer describes Living in Hope and History as a "modest book of some of the nonfiction pieces I've written, a reflection of how I've looked at this century I've lived in." It is, in fact, an extraordinary collection of essays, articles, and addresses delivered over four decades, including her Nobel Prize Lecture of 1991.

Burger's Daughter (Paperback, New Ed): Nadine Gordimer Burger's Daughter (Paperback, New Ed)
Nadine Gordimer
R403 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R136 (34%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is the moving story of the unforgettable Rosa Burger, a young woman from South Africa cast in the mold of a revolutionary tradition. Rosa tries to uphold her heritage handed on by martyred parents while still carving out a sense of self. Although it is wholly of today, "Burger's Daughter" can be compared to those 19th century Russian classics that make a certain time and place come alive, and yet stand as universal celebrations of the human spirit. Nadine Gordimer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born and lives in South Africa.

July's People (Paperback, New Ed): Nadine Gordimer July's People (Paperback, New Ed)
Nadine Gordimer
R265 Discovery Miles 2 650 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

When South Africa is riven by war and the Smales, a white couple, take refuge in the village of their former servant July, their relationships are completely transformed.

Get a life (Book): Nadine Gordimer Get a life (Book)
Nadine Gordimer
R230 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R32 (14%) Ships in 15 - 25 working days

Paul Bannerman, an ecologist in Africa, believes he controls the trajectory of his life, with the markers of vocation and marriage. But when he's diagnosed with thyroid cancer and prescribed treatment that makes him radioactive and for a period a danger to others, he questions, as Auden wrote, 'What authority gives/existence its surprise.' Taken in by his parents, businessman Adrian and successful lawyer Lyndsay, to protect his wife and child from radiation, back in his childhood garden he faces the contradiction between the values of his conservation work and those of his wife, an advertising agency executive. While threat of projects to build a nuclear reactor and drain the country's vital wetlands preoccupy Paul, the strange state of his existence leads his mother to face her own past. With Paul cured and normality apparently returned, his parents take a holiday in Mexico to fulfil the archaeological vocation his father missed. The consequence of this is the final surprise of passionate existences.

Dva Metra Zemlje (Serbian, Paperback): Nadin Gordimer Dva Metra Zemlje (Serbian, Paperback)
Nadin Gordimer
R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
No Time Like The Present - A Novel (Hardcover): Nadine Gordimer No Time Like The Present - A Novel (Hardcover)
Nadine Gordimer
R260 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R72 (28%) In stock

In No Time Like The Present, the author trains her keen eye on South Africa and what has become of it since Mandela's jubilant release from prison. At the heart of her story is an interracial couple, Steve and Jabulile, living in a newly -- tentatively -- free South Africa, he a university lecturer she a lawyer, both comrades in the Struggle and now parents of children born in freedom.

There is nothing so extraordinary about their lives, and yet, in telling their story, and the stories of their friends and families, Gordimer manages to capture the tortured, fragmented essence of a nation struggling to define itself in the post-apartheid world of Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.

The subject is contemporary, but Gordimer's treatment is, as ever, timeless. No Time Like The Present is a powerful state of the nation novel with a very human heart.

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