July's People by Nadine Gordimer
For years, it has been what is called a ‘deteriorating situation'. Now all over South Africa the cities are battlegrounds. The members of the Smales family - liberal whites - are rescued from the terror by their servant, July, who leads them to refuge in his native village. What happens to the Smaleses and to July - the shifts in character and relationships - gives us an unforgettable look into the terrifying, tacit understandings and misunderstandings between blacks and whites.
The 1633rd greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 63rd on 100 Best Novels in English Since 1900 (Counterpunch)