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Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black : and other stories

Author: Nadine Gordimer
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group USA, 2008, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this collection of new stories, [the author] crosses the frontiers of politics, memory, sexuality, and love with the fearless insight that is the hallmark of her writing. In the title story a middle-aged academic who had been an anti-apartheid activist embarks on an unadmitted pursuit of the possibilities for his own racial identity in his great-grandfather's fortune-hunting interlude of living rough on diamond  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Short stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 9780143114239 0143114239
OCLC Number: 191929239
Notes: "First published in the United States of America by Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007."
Description: 177 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Beethoven was one-sixteenth black --
Tape measure --
Dreaming of the dead --
A frivolous woman --
Gregor --
Safety procedures --
Mother tongue --
Allesverloren --
History --
A beneficiary --
Alternative endings --
The first sense --
The second sense --
The third sense.
Responsibility: Nadine Gordimer.

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In this collection of new stories, [the author] crosses the frontiers of politics, memory, sexuality, and love with the fearless insight that is the hallmark of her writing. In the title story a middle-aged academic who had been an anti-apartheid activist embarks on an unadmitted pursuit of the possibilities for his own racial identity in his great-grandfather's fortune-hunting interlude of living rough on diamond diggings in South Africa, his young wife far away in London. "Dreaming of the Dead" conjures up a lunch in a New York Chinese restaurant where Susan Sontag and Edward Said return in surprising new avatars as guests in the dream of a loving friend. The historian in "History" is a parrot who confronts people with the scandalizing voice reproduction of quarrels and clandestine love-talk on which it has eavesdropped. "Alternative Endings" considers the way writers make arbitrary choices in how to end stories -- and offers three, each relating the same situation, but with a different resolution, arrived at by the three senses: sight, sound, and smell. -Dust jacket.

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