A Flash Of Fireflies

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01Six Feet Of The Country2013110320140831

A landowning couple face a stark dilemma when an illegal immigrant dies on their property.

Marking Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer's death in July, the first of three stories from her remarkable career as a writer and political activist.

In this story, first published in 1953, a landowning couple face a stark dilemma when an illegal immigrant dies on their property.

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Read by William Gaminara

Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins

The South African author and political activist saw the short story as the literary form for our age. She described the experience of human life as "the flash of fireflies. Short story writers see by the light of the flash; theirs is the art of the only thing one can be sure of - the present moment."

Three stories which shine a light on her country's turbulent past.

To mark Nobel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer's 90th birthday on November 20th, the first of three daring tales from her collected works, Life Times.

The South African author argues the short story is the literary form for our age. She describes the experience of human life as "the flash of fireflies. Short story writers see by the light of the flash; theirs is the art of the only thing one can be sure of - the present moment."

02City Lovers2013111020140907

Story of forbidden love. A visiting geologist falls foul of the country's Immorality Act.

Marking Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer's death in July, the second of three stories from her remarkable career as a writer and political activist.

In this story of forbidden love, set during apartheid in South Africa and first published in 1975, an Austrian geologist falls foul of the country's Immorality Act.

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Read by Alice Krige

Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

To mark Nobel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer's 90th birthday, the second of three daring tales set in apartheid South Africa.

In this story of forbidden love, first published in 1975, a visiting geologist falls foul of the country's Immorality Act.

03 LASTA Chip Of Glass Ruby2013111720140914

A bewildered husband struggles to cope with his wife's political activism.

Marking Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer's death in July, the last in this series of stories from her remarkable career as a writer and political activist.

In this tale of personal bravery, set during apartheid in South Africa, a bewildered husband struggles to cope with his wife's political activism.

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Read by Raad Rawi

Abridged and produced by Gemma Jenkins.

To mark Nobel Laureate, Nadine Gordimer's 90th birthday, the last in this series of daring tales set in apartheid South Africa.

In this story of personal bravery, first published in 1965, a bewildered husband struggles to cope with his wife's political activism.