Beethoven Was One-sixteenth Black and Other Stories
With this new collection Nadine Gordimer tosses the frontiers of politics, memory and love, in a startling variety of stories. A middle-aged academic, once an anti-apartheid activist, embarks on an unadmitted hopeful pursuit of the possibilities of his own racial idenity-in the New South Africa, to be found in his great-grandfather's fortune-hunting interlude living rough on diamond diggings far from his young wife in London. "Dreaming of the Dead" wittily 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 scandalises a restaurant clientele with the voice reproduction of quarrels and clandestine love-talk on which it has eavesdropped. "Alternate Endings" proposes the way writers choices in how to end their stories-and three, each relating to the same situation but different resolution, arrived at by the three sense sight, hearing and smell.
these along with other stories highlight Gordimer's t
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