Title: The Conservationist
Author: Gordimer, Nadine
Publisher: Jonathan Cape, London
Publication Date: 1974
Edition: First Edition
Book Condition: NF-
D-j Condition: F-
Comments: Previous owner’s signature on FFEP. Top corner of front board bumped. Spine slightly cocked.
Synopsis: Nadine Gordimer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, paints a fascinating portrait of a man both reckless and calculating, a ”conservationist” left only with the possibility of self-preservation, in this subtle and detailed study of the forces and relationships that seethe in South Africa today.
Mehring, a rich, powerful and vital industrialist, has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer. But his possessions refuse to remain objects: his wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; and even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.