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Beethoven was one-sixteenth Black

Beethoven was one-sixteenth Black

Author(s): Nadine Gordimer

Location(s): South Africa

Genre(s): Short Stories

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This rich story collection will be a reminder to Nadine Gordimer’s countless admirers, and a taster for the uninitiated, of her enduring imaginative power. A woman gauges the state of her marriage by the tone of her husband’s cello: a wife reads her husband’s mood by the scent in the nape of his neck: a newly emigrated couple are divided by visual obsession, he with his native Budapest, she with South African suburbia. With consummate artistry, Gordimer illustrates the show downs, standoffs and highlights of human intimacy while penetrating the nuances of immigration, national identity and race.

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“Rich . . . with invention, insight, and artistry.” -San Francisco Chronicle

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021