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By Nadine Gordimer

James Bray, an English colonial administrator who used to be expelled from a important African country for siding with its black nationalist leaders, is invited again ten years later to hitch within the country's independence celebrations. As he witnesses the factionalism and violence that erupt as progressive beliefs are subverted via ambition and greed, Bray is once more pressured to settle on aspects, a call that turns into either his triumph and his undoing.

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They' -:- Ras Asahe meant the whites - 'all know that after the end of the year they'll be on contract, and that means they'll be replaced in three years. Not that they ever made an effort. Sheltered employment all these years, what d'you expect? You don't need ideas, you don't need to move out of your chair, you simply go on pro­ ducing a noise out of the magic box to keep the natives quiet and now, boom, it's all gone , including the only incentive they ever had, their pension. They're pathetic, man; certainly they haven't much to offer when they look for jobs with the BBC.

I daren't say dine ­ we're homeless, you know -' 32 'Uncle Willi e 's Independence Joke,' Vivien said. ' 'The kind of laugh they've picked up from people like Uncle Willie ,' said Neil. Still , the Cloughs pursued Bray through Vivien. 'Aunt Dorothy says her secretary's been trying to get hold of yotLs They want you for drinks on Monday. ' He laughed. 'No, it's true. She says that about me, to my mother. ' The Cloughs had moved into the British Consulate for the last week or two before their departure, a large, glassy, con� temporary house placed to show off· the umbrella thorn-trees of the site, just as in an architect's scale model.

No more and no less than you do about what happened to Africans. It's all the same thing. ' 'Her two brothers died at Auschwitz,' Hjalmar Wentz said; but his wife was talking to Jo-Ann Pettigrew, who offered blobs of toasted marshmallow on the end of a long fork. 'For God's sake, Timothy, stop baring your teeth and sink them into something:' Evelyn Odara spoke to her husband as no 39 local woman would dare; yet he ignored it, as if turning the tables on her with his countrymen's assumption that what women said was not heard, anyway.

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