The Writing Life: The Hopwood Lectures, Fifth Series

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Nadine Gordimer began her writing life at a relatively young age. In 1991 that life received the ultimate recognition when she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Now, in 1998, as she turns 75, this remarkable writer is being paid homage by fellow writers from South Africa and other parts of the world." "The result is this volume of readings, tributes, fiction, poetry, interviews and photographs which engage directly and indirectly with Gordimer's work and her still ...
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Overview

Nadine Gordimer began her writing life at a relatively young age. In 1991 that life received the ultimate recognition when she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Now, in 1998, as she turns 75, this remarkable writer is being paid homage by fellow writers from South Africa and other parts of the world." "The result is this volume of readings, tributes, fiction, poetry, interviews and photographs which engage directly and indirectly with Gordimer's work and her still unfolding legacy.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780472097173
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.19 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction
Photographs
Readings of a Writing Life
Nadine Gordimer: A Writing Life 3
Lemmings, Cats, Pigs: Gordimer's Women during the Interregnum and Beyond 19
Hillela and the Whale 49
The Critical Reception of Nadine Gordimer 67
Tributes to a Writing Life
Troubled Enchantments: A Tribute to Nadine Gordimer 81
On Nadine Gordimer 84
Nadine Gordimer and the Afrikaner 95
Nadine Gordimer and South African Politics 99
Nadine Gordimer at Seventy-five 102
Letter to Nadine 111
A Slip of a Girl 113
Poetry for a Writing Life
An Image from Beowulf 121
Two Oblique Salutes to Nadine Gordimer 122
Nadine 125
Two Poems 126
From The RDP Poems 128
Childhood on Stilfontein Mine 133
Your Name 134
Spreading Out 135
flowering 136
A Meditation 137
Beyond Transitions 139
'love dispels the stench of death' 143
Empowerment 146
Two Poems 148
Mid-winter concert 153
Life Sentence 155
Two Poems 156
Two Poems 161
Two Poems 164
Summer Poems for the Beloveds 166
Heron's Place 169
Two Poems 171
The Fragile Library 174
Fiction for a Writing Life
From Untitled Fiction 179
The Old Man and his Cats 184
Mr. Cypher's Collection 189
The Fugu-Eaters 200
Two Excerpts from Untitled Fiction 207
Highveld Hibiscus Garden 223
Wild Flowers for Poppie 231
The Wheels of God 244
Mister Donut 253
Metamorphosis 261
Portia's Porsche 268
The Goblin King 277
Gordimer's Cat 298
Hijack 307
Ululants 330
In the Centre of a Circle 347
Scatter the Ashes and Go 355
Aus 373
Wet Area 380
Maxi-jump 390
Song of the Locust 395
Still Life 400
Our Mercedes-Benz 403
Interviews on a Writing Life
All's Unfair in Love and War 419
An Interview with Nadine Gordimer 426
Because I Marvel: Interview with Nadine Gordimer 442
Places of a Writing Life
Home for Intimacy 455
The Meaning of an Island 460
The Phone Call 466
A Play for a Writing Life
Thabo for Thabo 477
Chronology 495
Notes on Contributors 500
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