Saturday, November 04, 2006

Awesome woman of the week

She feels embarrassed by the fuss around the world after being robbed and locked in room in her house. She feels compassion for the robbers. Through all of its turbulence, South African novelist Nadine Gordimer remains in her country, and even when faced with violence she remains open, looking beyond the surface into the violence's architecture. It's been a long while since I read one of Gordimer's books, but perhaps it's time again. In fact, it would be interesting to read a survey now of South African literature--and to see more contemporary art. If recent photography on view at Moma is any indication, things are more on the edge than I've seen in some time. But I so admire Gordimer for sticking it out in South Africa when so many have left, and for trying to do something more than just understand or write about what happened in her world (although that would be enough...). Staying put is so often the most difficult thing to do. And peace and reconciliation? Who of us can even contemplate such a thing?

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