Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. Her latest novel, No Time Like the Present, was published in March.
 (May 2012)


South Africa: The New Threat to Freedom

In the new South Africa that was reborn in the early 1990s, with its freedom hard-won from apartheid, we now have the imminent threat of updated versions of the suppression of freedom of expression that gagged us under apartheid. The right to know must continue to accompany the right to vote that black, white, and any other color of our South African population could all experience for the first time in 1994. But since 2010 there have been two parliamentary bills introduced that seek to deny that right: the Protection of State Information Bill and the Media Tribunal.

Adam’s Rib

What writer of fiction has not been affronted, when faced with journalists asking on which living personage this or that character is based? What writer has not read, in a review of her or his book, that so-and-so is a portrait of such and such, and what writer has not …

The Empire of Joseph Roth

The Radetzky March

by Joseph Roth, translated by Eva Tucker, translated by Geoffrey Dunlop

Hotel Savoy, including 'Fallmerayer the Stationmaster' and 'The Bust of the Emperor'

by Joseph Roth, translated by John Hoare
JOSEPH ROTH’S MAJOR WORKS Published During His Lifetime Hotel Savoy (1924) Die Rebellion (1924) Die Flucht Ohne Ende (1927) Zipper und sein Vater (1928) Rechts und Links (1929) Der stumme Prophet (1929) (fragment in Die Neue Rundschau) Hiob (1930) Radetzkymarsch (1932) Stationschef Fallmerayer (1933) Tarabas, ein Gast aud dieser Erde …

The Gap Between the Writer and the Reader

When I am asked that interviewer’s stock in trade, “For whom do you write?” I reply irritably, “For anyone who reads me.” The question is crass, giving away the press’s assumption that a writer, like itself, presumes “audience potential.” It seems typical of one of the anti-art tenets of commercialism: …

The Just Cause

Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White

by Joseph Lelyveld
Joseph Lelyveld had been the New York Times man in South Africa for only eleven months when, in 1966, the South African government served him with notice to leave within a week. For the next decade, that government was to bar entry to New York Times correspondents. When Lelyveld boarded …