Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm. As the upheaval in Mehring’s world increasingly resembles that in the country as a whole, it becomes clear that only a seismic shift in ideas and concrete action can avert annihilation.
“‘This is a novel of enormous power’” New Statesman
“‘Gordimer is a great writer … It is Turgenev that she most brings to mind’” New York Review of Books
“‘Nadine Gordimer writes of blacks and whites, but her steady, unblinking eye sees something grey there. You could call it human nature, and you would be right’” 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