DOI: 10.17265/2159-5836/2014.11.010
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Laura Giovannelli

Abstract: In one of the first pages and crucial scenes of The Lying Days (1953), we soon associate the narrating voice with that of a bright, inquisitive child of Scottish descent immersed in the harsh Witwatersrand scenario of a mining estate outskirts in the 1930s, along a path crammed with Jews' concession stores and exotic-looking natives. The unruly little girl is Helen Shaw, the late Nadine Gordimer's fictional double in her still somewhat neglected first novel, a Bildungsroman where the South African writer comi…

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