421pp., paperback, Reprint, London, (2012) 2013
An interracial couple, Steve and Jabulile, both of whom were combatants in the struggle to end apartheid, struggle to adjust to life in the newly democratic South Africa.
“Gordimer fashions a grand, state-of-her-nation novel about South Africa from Presidents Mandela to Zuma ... A mightily serious and impressive book” Daily Mail
“A complex book and a pained examination of the difficulties posed by a freedom that was won by imperfect human beings” Guardian
“This is an important and highly topical book about how hard it is to sustain hope and idealism in the wake of a revolution ... Gordimer has written an angry, melancholy, brave book” Spectator
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 include The 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.