504pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (1970) 2002
James Bray, an English colonial administrator who was expelled from a central African nation for supporting its black nationalist leaders, is invited back ten years later for the country's independence celebrations.
"Gordimer writes of blacks and whites, but her steady, unblinking eye sees something grey there. You could call it human nature and you would be right. Her true subject is humankind, as it is for every great writer" Daily Telegraph
"Nadine Gordimer is a great writer ... it is Turgenev she most brings to mind" New York Review of Books
Nadine Gordimer's 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 includeThe Soft Voice of the Serpent, Something Out There, Jump, Loot and Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. She died in 2014.