Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
For years, it had been what is called a deteriorating situation.” Now all over South Africa the cities are battlegrounds. The members of the Smales familyliberal whitesare rescued from the terror by their servant, July, who leads them to refuge in his village. What happens to the Smaleses and to Julythe shifts in character and relationshipsgives us an unforgettable look into the terrifying, tacit understandings and misunderstandings between blacks and whites.
“So flawlessly written that every one of its events seems chillingly, ominously possible.”—Anne Tyler, The New York Times Book Review
“Gordimer knows this complex emotional and political territory all too well and writes about it superbly.”—Newsweek
“Gordimer’s art has achieved and sustained a rare beauty. Her prose has a density and sparsity that one finds in the greatest writers.”—The New Leader
“Nadine Gordimer writes more knowingly about South Africa than anyone else.”—The New York Times