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Pickup

ISBN-10: 1250024048
ISBN-13: 9781250024046
Edition: N/A
Authors: Nadine Gordimer
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Description: ANew York TimesNotable BookWinner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Africa“Ranks as one of Gordimer’s best novels…it transcends politics and aims at a meaning higher than human striving.”---The Philadelphia Inquirer When Julie Summers’s car  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 2/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

ANew York TimesNotable BookWinner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Africa“Ranks as one of Gordimer’s best novels…it transcends politics and aims at a meaning higher than human striving.”---The Philadelphia Inquirer When Julie Summers’s car breaks down on a street in Cape Town, a young Arab mechanic comes to her aid. Their attraction to each other is immediate. Julia, the daughter of a powerful businessman, is trying to escape a privileged background she despises. Abdu, an educated but poor illegal immigrant, is desperate to evade deportation. The consequences of this chance meeting are unpredictable and intense, as each person’s notions of the other are overturned. Set in the social mix of post-apartheid South Africa and an unnamed Arab country, Nadine Gordimer’sThe Pickup“is a masterpiece of creative empathy...a gripping tale of contemporary anguish and unexpected desire, and it also opens the Arab world to unusually nuanced perception” (Edward W. Said).

Nadine Gordimer was born in Gauteng, South Africa on November 20, 1923. She attended the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa for one year. She is a novelist and short-story writer whose major theme is exile and alienation. Her first short story collection, The Soft Voice of the Serpent, was published in 1952 and her first novel, The Lying Days, was published in 1953. Her other short story collections include Jump, Why Haven't You Written: Selected Stories 1950-1972, and Loot. Her other novels include A World of Strangers, A Guest of Honour, Burger's Daughter, July's People, A Sport of Nature, My Son's Story, None to Accompany Me, The Pickup, and Get a Life. She has received numerous awards including the Booker Prize for The Conservationist in 1974, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, and the French Legion of Honour in 2007. She died on July 13, 2014 at the age of 90.

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