The ConservationistAuthor: Nadine Gordimer
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Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm. As the upheaval in Mehring's world increasingly resembles that in the country as a whole, it becomes clear that only a seismic shift in ideas and concrete action can avert annihilation.
In 2008 The Conservationist was shortlisted for the Best of the Booker Prize.
AwardsAward: Winner, Man Booker Prize Year: 1975 Prize: Joint Winner
Classifications:Set in South Africa, Prize Winning Fiction, Prize Winning
Category:Fiction General Fiction