Life Times: Stories, 1952-2007

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A stunning selection of the best short fiction from the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature

This collection of Nadine Gordimer's short fiction demonstrates her rich use of language and her unsparing vision of politics, sexuality, and race. Whether writing about lovers, parents and children, or married couples, Gordimer maps out the terrain of human relationships with razor-sharp psychological insight and a stunning lack of sentimentality. The selection, which spans the course of Gordimer's career to date, presents the range of her storytelling abilities and her brilliant insight into human nature. From such epics as "Friday's Footprint" and "Something Out There" to her shorter, more experimental stories, Gordimer's work is unfailingly nuanced and complex. Time and again, it forces us to examine how our stated intentions come into conflict with our unspoken desires.

This definitive volume, which includes four new stories from the Nobel laureate, is a testament to the power, force, and ongoing relevance of Gordimer's vision.

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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.

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“Life Times” indeed. Born in South Africa in 1923, and a resident of Johannesburg since 1948, Gordimer began writing about her conflictful world at a very young age. The short story is her favorite literary form and the perfect vessel for her keen observations of family and social life in a country where racial, class, language, and gender divides have been so zealously guarded and so courageously breached. An antiapartheid activist, Gordimer earned the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature in part by writing exacting, unflinching stories about how hate and injustice poison and warp every interaction. This grand gathering, the fiction companion to her essay collection, Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954–2008 (2010), showcases Gordimer’s gift for concentrating the many forms of suffering humankind instigates and endures within calamitous and transforming moments. Her cutting stories dramatize with fluent specificity the evolution of liberation in South Africa. But they are also headline-fresh and timelessly universal as Gordimer, skeptical and compassionate, reveals how intimately entwined politics and private lives are, and how there is no such thing as apartness. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Nobel laureate Gordimer is a literary giant, and this milestone volume will draw readers familiar with and new to her fiction. --Donna Seaman

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