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A startling new work from a Nobel prize-winning author: ten short stories, each a revelation of our interior lives, each entering unforeseen contexts of our contemporary world. In the title story an earthquake exposes both an ocean bed strewn with treasure among the dead, and the avarice of the town's survivors. In 'The Diamond Mine' a woman remembers her first, passionately erotic experience, hidden, in the company of her parents, with a soldier who may not be alive to remember her. The anopheles mosquito brings death to the saunas and other playgrounds of the developed with in 'The Emissary'. In 'Karma', Gordimer's inventiveness knows no bounds: in five returns to the earthly life, taking on different ages and genders, a disembodied narrator testifies to unfinished business - critically, wittily - and questions the nature of existence.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 222.26g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747565384
  • 9780747565383
  • 2,172,081

About Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer's many novels include The Lying Days (her first novel), The Conservationist, joint winner of the Booker Prize, Burger's Daughter, July's People, None to Accompany Me, The House Gun and, most recently, The Pickup. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. She lives in South Africa.show more

Review quote

'The stories are wry and wary, and the common thread is conflict as cultures or generations, desires or ideologies, clash irreconcilably; and apartheid's ghost still haunts the new South Africa ... perfect, lyrical prose' Sunday Telegraph 'Sparse, sharply honed and often ending with an ironic twist' Independent Magazine 'Rapid, unimpeded storytelling ... brilliant ... wonderful ... her humour is wise and completely desiccated' Guardian 'Nadine Gordimer is one of the best storywriters in English today' Observershow more

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223 ratings
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3 32% (71)
2 9% (21)
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