Masterly new fiction from the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature A startling new work: ten fictions, each a revelation of our interior lives, each entering unforeseen contexts of our contemporary world. In the title story, an earthquake exposes both an ocean bed strewn with treasure among the dead and the avarice of the town's survivors. In qThe Diamond Mine, q a woman recalls her youthful surreptitious sexual initiation, while she and her parents chauffeured a young soldier to his wartime embarkation. The anopleles mosquito brings death to the saunas and other playgrounds of the developed world in qThe Emissary.q qMission Statementq is the story of a development agency official's idealism, the ghosts of colonial history, and a love affair with a government official that ends astoundingly. qThe Generation Gapq turns the qgapq upside down when a father's bid for freedom shocks his adult children. In qHomage, q one of Europe's aliens visits the grave of the politician he was paid to assassinate. In qKarma, q Gordimer's inventiveness knows no bounds: in five returns to the earthly life, taking on different ages and genders, a disembodied narrator testifies to unfinished business--critically, wittily--and questions the nature of existence.aquot; aquot;Mission Statementaquot; is the story of a development agency officiala#39;s idealism, the ghosts of colonial history, and a love affair with a government official that ends astoundingly.
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