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None to Accompany Me

A Novel

Nadine Gordimer


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ISBN10: 1250007712
ISBN13: 9781250007711

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304 Pages


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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

The Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer tells the emotional story of two couples, one black and one white, whose complex relationships evolve as they face the hazards and hopes of post-apartheid South Africa.

In an extraordinary period immediately before the first non-racial election and the beginning of majority rule in South Africa, Gordimer's protagonist Vera Stark weaves a ruthless interpretation of her own past into her participation into the present as a lawyer representing blacks in the struggle to reclaim the land. None to Accompany Me is arresting and reverbant—perhaps the most powerful novel to date by one of the world's most commanding writers.


Praise for None to Accompany Me

"It would be hard to find a more direct experience of the times through which South Africa has passed over the last forty years than in the intimate portrayals Ms. Gordimer has given us . . . There are no puppets in Ms. Gordimer's work, no mouthpieces; her people are afforded the dignity of human vanity and complexity."—The New York Times Book Review

''None to Accompany Me is a political novel of intelligence and subtlety, and it brings us news that we need."—Los Angeles Times

"A sustaining achievement, proving Gordimer once again a lucid witness to her country's transformation and a formidable interpreter of the inner self."—Chicago Tribune

"Gordimer's exquisitely rendered fiction of the complexities of contemporary South Africa and the sacrifices exacted from its people black and white—is a triumph of reality no factual account can rival."—The Washington Post Book World

"A radical and complex novel, rich with the weight of story and the challenge of hard questions. Gordimer demonstrates again that when her imagination transforms experience, the result is a literature for the world."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Nadine Gordimer brilliantly delivers individual personalities distorted or enriched by the workings of a collective will. There is no contemporary writer better armed than Gordimer—with fierce moral intelligence and artistic integrity."—Chicago Sun-Times

"So contemporary that it verges on the prophetic . . . Ms. Gordimer writes, as usual, with extraordinary clarity and intelligence, an infallible eye for illuminating detail, and a comprehensive understanding of the balance that people in a shifting society must maintain between public action and private inclination."—The Atlantic Monthly

'Gordimer is masterful . . . She writes fiction that matters."—The San Diego Union-Tribune

''None to Accompany Me shows Nobel Prize-winning author Gordimer in top form. A powerful, thought-provoking, and timely novel."—Library Journal

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And who was that?
There's always someone nobody remembers. In the group photograph only those who have become prominent or infamous or whose faces may be traced back through experiences lived in common occupy that space...

About the author

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014) was a Nobel Prize winner whose novels include the Booker Prize-winning The Conservationist, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning The Pickup, and No Time Like the Present. Gordimer’s short story collections include Loot and Jump and Other Stories. She also published literary and political essay collections such as Living in Hope and History.

Gordimer was a vice president of PEN International and an executive member of the Congress of South African Writers. She was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in Great Britain and a Commandeur of l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France).

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Nadine Gordimer

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