English Pen logo

An auction at
Sothebys Logo
21st May 2013
In support of
English Pen Logo

18: The Conservationist

Nadine Gordimer:

London: Jonathan Cape, 1974

8vo, first edition, original brown cloth lettered in gilt on spine, dust-jacket, head and foot of spine bumped, spotting to top edge, dust-jacket slightly frayed at extremities

The novel charts the history of a rich man whose life is falling apart. Mehring’s family departs, his farm begins to fail. The perilous decline in his fortunes serves as a metaphor for of the state as a whole, and unless drastic action is taken a tragedy is sure to occur.

Winner (joint) of the 1974 Booker Prize. Nadine Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.

Annotated on 39 pages. Approximately 600 words.

blue swish