Norman Rush Whites: Stories

ISBN 13: 9780020238416

Whites: Stories

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Whether they are American, British or a stubborn and suicidally moral Dutchman, Norman Rush's whites are not sure why they are in Botswana, and this uncertainty makes them do very strange things.

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About the Author:

Norman Rush was born and raised in the San Francisco area, and graduated from Swarthmore College in 1956. He has been an antiquarian book dealer, a college instructor, and, with his wife Elsa, lived and worked in Africa from 1978 to 1983. His stories gave appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Grand Street, and The Best American Short Stories of 1971, 1984 and 1985. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including an NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship. His first novel, Mating, won the National Book Award for fiction and the prestigious Irish Times/Aer Lingus International Fiction Prize.

From Publishers Weekly:

The most extraordinary aspect of these stories set in Botswana is the absolute authenticity of each of the narrative voices. All are stripped, even severe, but readers will easily distinguish among them. The narrator in "Bruns," a fanatic determined to impose his own moral code on the Boers, who hate him, is distinctively different from the character Frank, "Alone in Africa" while his wife is on vacation, leaving him to a bottle of good Riesling and the quirky sexual ministrations of a nubile Botswanan. The heartbreak of everyday tragedy, as evoked in "Near Pala" by three women in the drought-parched land beseeching the passengers in a car for water, is heightened by a joltingly ironic ending. Most moving of all, speaking as it seems from the heart of Africa, is the voice of Mokgalagadi, the righteous boy born of a tribe destined for misfortune and thrown out of his mission school. At once innocent and disingenuous, he protests against thieving, yet is saved by thieves, begs on behalf of God, yet is reduced to begging from the houses of God. It is wonderful to hear the click of African syllables in counterpoint to the genteel English of petty officials. In their variety, their pointblank aim, their refusal to editorialize, these six stories raise the curtain on the dark, restless drama of present-day Africa. March 3
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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