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July's People

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Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

For years, it had been what is called a “deteriorating situation.” Now all over South Africa the cities are battlegrounds. The members of the Smales family—liberal whites—are rescued from the terror by their servant, July, who leads them to refuge in his village. What happens to the Smaleses and to July—the shifts in character and relationships—gives us an unforgettable look into the terrifying, tacit understandings and misunderstandings between blacks and whites.

Review:

"The time is the not very distant future, and the place is South Africa. The long-anticipated black rebellion has begun, and the cities are falling to the insurgents, who are aided by Russia and Cuba. Bam and Maureen Smales, whites, flee into the hinterland with their manservant, July, and find refuge in his village. Their young children play with the village urchins without so much as batting an eye, but Bam and Maureen have enormous difficulty adjusting to the total collapse of their world. This splendid vision of an all-too-likely future is the most disturbing novel out of South Africa since the heyday of Alan Paton." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

About the Author

Nadine Gordimer is the author of eleven previous novels, as well as collections of stories and essays. She has received many awards, including the Booker Prize (for The Conservationist in 1974) and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140061406
Author:
Gordimer, Nadine
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
South Africa Race relations Fiction.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
8659
Publication Date:
19820731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
7.74x5.10x.45 in. .30 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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