By Nadine Gordimer
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
For years, it were what's known as a “deteriorating situation.” Now all over the place South Africa the towns are battlegrounds. The contributors of the Smales family—liberal whites—are rescued from the phobia by way of their servant, July, who leads them to safe haven in his village. What occurs to the Smaleses and to July—the shifts in personality and relationships—gives us an unforgettable look at the terrifying, tacit understandings and misunderstandings among blacks and whites.
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