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The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics & Places

Gordimer, Nadine

ISBN 10: 0394573978 / ISBN 13: 9780394573977
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1988
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Title: The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics & ...

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

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Edition: First Edition

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Selected from over 160 titles this is an anthology of non-fiction writings by one of South Africa's most respected writers and author of the Booker Prizewinner "The Conservationist". She also wrote "Burger's Daughter", "July's People" and "A Sport of Nature". The editor of this collection explains in his introduction that the essays illustrate the relationship between outer and inner change for the writer of conscience in South Africa. From the relative optimism of the 1950s to Sharpeville and the banning of the ANC to the challenges of the black consciousness movement in the 1970s and the "interregnum" of the 80s, Gordimer rigorously analyzes political events. Her stand on censorship is unequivocal and her commitment to the community of writers - black and white - is forthright.

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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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