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The Essential Gesture.

Gordimer, Nadine

ISBN 10: 0394573978 / ISBN 13: 9780394573977
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1988
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Writing, Politics and Places. Edited with an introduction by Stephen Clingman. 1st ed. NY (Knopf) 1988. Fine in dust wrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 20106

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Title: The Essential Gesture.

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: hardback

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The acclaimed South African novelists first collection of nonfiction work presents twenty-three intimate views of South African life and politics during the past forty years and of the development of Gordimer's thought and art

From Library Journal:

Contrary to expectation, neither of these two books from prominent members of South Africa's writerly community concerns the craft of fiction or even things literary; they tend much more to social and political commentary. Paton's book is actually a continuation of Towards the Mountain ( LJ 9/15/80), but it is less mystical/global than the earlier book. Although classed as a biography, it does not reveal much about Paton's interior psychology or literary tastes; what one gets is his life set against the backdrop of events in South African history with which he was intimately involved as a world literary figure and social activist. His dissent is always emphatically stated. Gordimer's book, in contrast, is a collection of essays. The writing is sharper, the vocabulary heavier, the allusion thicker, but the theme similar: racial prejudice is abhorrent, especially when governmentally sanctioned, and it is the writer's responsibility to speak the truth. She deals a bit more with writers' concernsparticularly with literature as a revolutionary form, censorship matters, etc.and also provides more color, landscapes, images. But the core of the book is again social history and dissent from "official" South African norms. Paton's book is recommended for its straightforward, uncompromising account, Gordimer's for its combative shrewdness; both belong in all academic and larger public libraries.Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse,
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