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Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black

(2007)
A collection of stories by

 
 
"You're not responsible for your ancestry, are you . . . But if that's so, why have marched under banned slogans, got yourself beaten up by the police, arrested a couple of times; plastered walls with subversive posters . . . The past is valid only in relation to whether the present recognizes it."

In this collection of new stories Nadine Gordimer crosses the frontiers of politics, memory, sexuality, and love with the fearless insight that is the hallmark of her writing. In the title story a middle-aged academic who had been an anti-apartheid activist embarks on an unadmitted pursuit of the possibilities for his own racial identity in his great-grandfather's fortune-hunting interlude of living rough on diamond diggings in South Africa, his young wife far away in London. “Dreaming of the Dead” conjures up a lunch in a New York Chinese restaurant where Susan Sontag and Edward Said return in surprising new avatars as guests in the dream of a loving friend. The historian in “History” is a parrot who confronts people with the scandalizing voice reproduction of quarrels and clandestine love-talk on which it has eavesdropped.“Alternative Endings” considers the way writers make arbitrary choices in how to end stories—and offers three, each relating the same situation, but with a different resolution, arrived at by the three senses: sight, sound, and smell.


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April 2008 : UK Hardback

Title: Beethoven Was One-sixteenth Black
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-14-302421-3 / 978-0-14-302421-7 (UK edition)
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November 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: And Other Stories
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-374-10982-6 / 978-0-374-10982-0 (USA edition)
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November 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Beethoven Was One-sixteenth Black: and Other Stories
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-7475-9233-0 / 978-0-7475-9233-4 (UK edition)
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October 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-14-311423-9 / 978-0-14-311423-9 (UK edition)
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October 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beethoven Was One-sixteenth Black
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-7475-9384-1 / 978-0-7475-9384-3 (UK edition)
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Beethoven Was One Sixteenth Black: And Other Stories
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
ISBN: 0-14-316761-8 / 978-0-14-316761-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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August 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black, and Other Stories
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
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March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Beethoven Was One-sixteenth Black
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Title: Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: And Other Stories
Author(s): Nadine Gordimer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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