A Guest of Honour - Nadine GordimerLondon: Jonathan Cape, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
From the cover: “In her previous novels and short stories, Nadine Gordimer has proved herself to be one of today’s most talented and perceptive writers. A Guest of Honour is her major work so far, a novel of great substance and power describing an African nation’s struggle to be born and the course of an epic love affair.
James Bray, an Englishman expelled by the British colonial authorities in Africa for the support he gave black nationalist revolutionaries, is invited back ten years later as an honoured guest to the country’s independence celebrations. Pressed into staying, he accepts a post in education-planning and heads north into the Gala District. What he witnesses there and in the capital, in the bush, on the shores of the Great Lake, at Party Congress and clandestine meeting forcibly impresses on him the inadequacy of his own liberal ideals. Measuring in fire and blood the conflict between progress and expedience, greed and idealism, he is forced at last to abandon his long-standing role as spectator. The choice of loyalties he must ultimately make between his former ally Mweta, the powerful new head of state, and his old rival Shinza — now a restless exile — is both his triumph and his undoing.
A Guest of Honour, brilliantly informative and moving, entwines love, tragedy and truth, the fate of a man and a young nation. Its setting is as magnificent as its structure.”