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Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories by Nadine Gordimer
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Mar 01, 08

bookshelves: contemporaryfiction
Read in February, 2008

I've been a huge fan of Nadine Gordimer ever since a friend in Houston recommended "Once Upon a Time" from her Jump collection for my composition class. This collection of short fiction was equally rewarding. As a warning, I found the beginning to be a bit slower. I did not think the title story was the strongest in the collection. These stories all deal with cultural diaspora and the reflections characters have on what constitutes their identities and positions in life. My favorite story in this collection was "allesverloren." It detailed life after the death of a woman's husband and greatest love. The descriptions of loss at the beginning were haunting. Her decision to seek out a man who had had a brief love affair with her husband before she met him makes for a provocative and beautifully awkward conclusion. Extremely well-written.

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