Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
Throughout her career the internationally renowned South African writer Nadine Gordimer has built a literary reputation with her incisive short stories as much as with her acclaimed novels. Together with her essays, this highly imaginative and committed body of work won her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. In the opinion of the Academy: 'Through her magnificent epic writing she has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity.' Gordimer has said that while novelists take the reader by the hand developing 'a consistency of relationship that does not and cannot convey the quality of human life, where contact is more like the flash of fireflies, in and out, now here, now there, in darkness. Short-story writers see by the light of the flash; theirs is the only thing one can be sure of - the present moment.' Now, for the first time, the best of her stories are published in one volume. Spanning six decades the thirty-five stories are drawn from her ten published collections: The Soft Voice of the Serpent Six Feet of the Country Not For Publication Livingstone's Companions Friday's Footprint A Soldier's Embrace Something Out There Jump Loot Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black
The publication of Nadine Gordimer's Collected Stories is a major literary event. Author interviews at the time of publication. Wide review coverage guaranteed
'Nadine Gordimer is one of the best story-writers in English today.' Observer 'Gordimer's stark sentences and emotional depth make most modern fiction seem trivial.' The Times 'Gordimer has undoubtedly become one of the World's Great Writers ... her rootedness in a political time, place and faith has never dimmed her complex gifts as an artist.' Independent
Nadine Gordimer's many novels include The Conservationist, joint winner of the Booker Prize, Get A Life, Burger's Daughter, July's People, My Son's Story and The Pickup. Her collections of short stories include The Soft Voice of the Serpent, Something Out There, Jump and, most recently, Loot. She also edited the anthology of stories Telling Tales in support of HIV and AIDS preventive education and for medical treatment for people in southern Africa. In 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. She lives in South Africa.