Perspectives

Literary period

The short story “Country Lovers” by Nadine Gordimer is a modernist work of fiction. Modernist works of fiction generally tend to explore contemporary topics of interest, such as racism or class differences. In “Country Lovers”, Gordimer presents how interracial relationships were forbidden during apartheid, as well as the consequences of the relationship becoming public. 

Modernist fiction also tends to focus on the inner struggles of the characters and on the conflicts they have to surpass. In “Country Lovers”, Gordimer focuses on the challenges encountered by both Thebedi and Paulus in their relationship, which only worsen once their baby is born. 

Furthermore, the story is realistic and does not end well for the characters, which is also something often seen with modernist texts.

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