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Get a Life by Nadine Gordimer
  

Get a Life

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006.

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Synopsis

Get a Life by Nadine Gordimer

When Paul Bannerman, an ecologist in Africa, is diagnosed with cancer and prescribed treatment that makes him radioactive, his suddenly fragile existence makes him question his life for the first time. He is especially struck by the contradiction in values between his work as a conservationist and that of his wife, an advertising agency executive. Then when Paul moves in with his parents to protect his wife and young son from radiation, the strange nature of his condition leads his mother to face her own past.

Reviews

'Absorbing and impressive ... a beautifully written meditation on marriage and solitude'
Daily Mail

'Get a Life is about all of our fears: of destruction, but also of contamination, alienation and enforced solitude ... A brave story about the fragility and the dangers of intimacy'
Daily Telegraph

'Gordimer has undoubtedly become one of the World's Great Writers ... her rootedness in a political time, place and faith has never dimmed her complex gifts as an artist'
Independent

'Gordimer's stark sentences and emotional depth make most modern fiction seem trivial'
The Times

About the Author

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs, South Africa in 1923. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991 and was the joint winner of the Booker Prize for The Conservationist in 1974. Nadine Gordimer has been awarded honorary doctorates from Oxford and Cambridge, is the vice-president of International PEN and a spokesperson for the United Nations Development Project to eradicate poverty.

A co-founder of the Congress of South African Writers, Nadine Gordimer is a strong advocate of literature and free speech. She has also made a number of television documentaries and written a large collection of articles, literary criticism and speeches. She travels extensively in Africa, Europe, and North and South America. Nadine Gordimer died in 2014.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd October 2006

Author

Nadine Gordimer

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Format

Paperback
208 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780747582427

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