No Time Like the Present by Nadine Gordimer; Absolution by Patrick Flanery - review by Lyndall Gordon

Lyndall Gordon

Unweaving the Rainbow Nation

No Time Like the Present


Bloomsbury 432pp £18.99 order from our bookshop



Atlantic Books 389pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

Nadine Gordimer’s great oeuvre of stories and novels has been suffused with the issue of racial injustice. Her Nobel prize was awarded in 1991, the year after Nelson Mandela was released from prison. The ‘rainbow nation’ was born when Mandela’s high-minded ANC party took office in 1994. 

Eighteen years into the new South Africa, Gordimer puts her long support to the test. No Time Like the Present follows the rainbow lives of a group of one-time freedom fighters for whom moral choices were once simple. Their voices in the present draw us into moral disturbance: the bribes

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

The Incomparible Monsignor

Kafka Drawings

Follow Literary Review on Twitter