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A Sport of Nature af Nadine Gordimer
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A Sport of Nature (original 1987; udgave 1988)

af Nadine Gordimer

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"A moving, powerful book that, in a career rich with distinguished works, could well be considered her masterpiece."--Publishers Weekly Hillela is Nadine Gordimer's "sport of nature": a spontaneous mutation, a new type of untainted person, she is seductive and intuitively gifted for life. A Sport of Nature is the bold, sweeping story of her rise from obscurity to an unpredictable kind of political power. Abandoned by her mother, Hillela is left to be raised by her two aunts in South Africa. At Olga's she might have acquired a taste for antiques and a style of dress to please a suitable husband. At Pauline's she might have developed a social conscience. But Hillela's betrayal of her position as a surrogate daughter so shocks both families that at seventeen she is cast adrift. Swiftly and perilously, her life opens out. She lives as a footloose girl among political exiles on a beach in East Africa, drifting between jobs and lovers, and finally becomes the wife of a black revolutionary. Personal tragedy is ultimately the catalyst for her political development, leading her into a heroic role in the overthrow of apartheid. This is the largest, most reverberant work of fiction we have had yet from one of the world's master novelists.… (mere)
Medlem:puttermeister
Titel:A Sport of Nature
Forfattere:Nadine Gordimer
Info:Penguin (1988), Taschenbuch, 368 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Nøgleord:South Africa, 20th C, novels, postcolonialism, historical fiction

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  BibliotecaOlezza | Sep 30, 2019 |
The story of a woman who gained influence and power in Africa during the liberation upheavals. It was suggested that she achieved this by her intelligence and personal integrity but it was more by shifting from one man to another, each more powerful than the last. It was also written with asides to the future and past that often confused the story. ( )
  snash | May 17, 2019 |
Gordimer is one of my favorite writers, but I don't think this book is one of her best. I never really understood what motivated the protagonist and I was not convinced that her "revolutionary" ideas were anything more than a desire for personal revenge and undisciplined response to physical attraction to various men in the book. I think Gordimer was trying to demonstrate how Hillela's personal investment in ending apartheid after her husband's murder demonstrates that the sincere political comes from the personal. But the truly self-sacrificing and admirable characters in the book seemed to have a much deeper understanding than H. did. I couldn't like her and was disappointed in Gordimer as she has written some masterpieces on these themes. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
In breve
Una donna volitiva, ribelle e coerente lotta per l'affermazione e il progresso del Sudafrica. I sentimenti e la lotta politica si fondono e la giovane insieme al suo compagno occuperà una posizione decisiva nella creazione di un nuovo paese.

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E' una donna, la forza della natura di cui dice il titolo, una donna particolare: esuberante, curiosa, trasgressiva più per vocazione naturale che per scelta, una donna abituata a vivere d'istinto che si apre lentamente alla consapevolezza. Ma Hillela è anche il filo lungo il quale si snoda una vicenda in cui la tematica cara a Nadine Gordimer già affrontata nei suoi precedenti romanzi torna a riproporsi filtrata da una maestria narrativa che in questo libro raggiunge forse la sua punta più alta. In quella fusione di pubblico e privato che è uno degli aspetti caratteristici dell'autrice, la storia di Hillela, il suo distacco dalla famiglia borghese, la partecipazione sempre più attiva alle lotte che sconvolgono il Sudafrica, l'esilio e le sue scelte sentimentali procedono di pari passo con l'evolversi di una vicenda che affonda le sue radici nella storia attuale, ma che la trascende per proiettarsi in una dimensione fantastica dove i conflitti trovano soluzione e gli ideali possono essere realizzati. E così Hillela, donna nuova, vedrà al nascita di un Sudafrica nuovo, uno Stato da lei attivamente voluto e in cui, accanto al marito, si troverà a occupare una delle posizioni chiave.
  andreamd1963 | Jan 27, 2014 |
Our heroine, a vapid hippie, mooches aimlessly through political and revolutionary circles in '60's South Africa. Her penchant for sleeping with older black men (daddy issues ahoy!) is seriously presented as passionate anti-apartheid activism. We are told repeatedly how intelligent and irresistible she is, while getting no evidence of either and, in fact, plenty of evidence to the contrary. I couldn't believe this book was written by a woman. I also couldn't believe I finished it.
  atheist_goat | Sep 16, 2008 |
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"A moving, powerful book that, in a career rich with distinguished works, could well be considered her masterpiece."--Publishers Weekly Hillela is Nadine Gordimer's "sport of nature": a spontaneous mutation, a new type of untainted person, she is seductive and intuitively gifted for life. A Sport of Nature is the bold, sweeping story of her rise from obscurity to an unpredictable kind of political power. Abandoned by her mother, Hillela is left to be raised by her two aunts in South Africa. At Olga's she might have acquired a taste for antiques and a style of dress to please a suitable husband. At Pauline's she might have developed a social conscience. But Hillela's betrayal of her position as a surrogate daughter so shocks both families that at seventeen she is cast adrift. Swiftly and perilously, her life opens out. She lives as a footloose girl among political exiles on a beach in East Africa, drifting between jobs and lovers, and finally becomes the wife of a black revolutionary. Personal tragedy is ultimately the catalyst for her political development, leading her into a heroic role in the overthrow of apartheid. This is the largest, most reverberant work of fiction we have had yet from one of the world's master novelists.

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