For years, it has been what is called a ‘deteriorating situation’. Now all over South Africa the cities are battlegrounds. The members of the Smales family – liberal whites – are rescued from the terror by their servant, July, who leads them to refuge in his native village. What happens to the Smaleses and to July – the shifts in character and relationships – gives us an unforgettable look into the terrifying, tacit understandings and misunderstandings between blacks and whites.
Onlangs overleed de Zuid-Afrikaanse schrijfster Nadine Gordimer. Een schrijver kan je best herdenken door zijn of haar werk te lezen. En dat heb ik gedaan met haar roman The House Gun. De blurb van de uitgever insinueert de spanning van een detectiveroman: A house gun — kept like a house cat: a fact of ordinary […]
The end of the twentieth century, South Africa. The successful, respected executive director of an insurance company, Harold, and his doctor wife, Claudia, for whom violence could never be a means of solving personal conflict, are faced with something that could never happen to them: their son has committed murder. What kind of loyalty do a mother and a father owe a son who has committed this unimaginable horror? What have they done, in influencing his character; more ominously, where is it they have failed him? The House Gun is a passionate narrative of love being particularly complex between parents and their children. It moves with the restless pace of living itself, from the intimate to the general condition; if it is a parable of present violence, it is also an affirmation of the will to human reconciliation that starts where it must, between individuals.
Nadine Gordimer overleed op 13 juli 2014, negentig jaar oud. In 1991 kreeg ze de Nobelprijs, vooral voor haar grote en controversiële romans uit de jaren 70 en 80, waaronder The Conservationist. De jury schreef over haar werk: Gordimer writes with intense immediacy about the extremely complicated personal and social relationships in her environment. At […]
Sometimes books are too close, too narrow to the bone, so that they can not be read without apprehension. For me this was certainly the case with this — very powerful — novel by Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer. Nadine Gordimer portrays South-Africa in the turmoil and violence and political difficulties in the period just […]