Book Club's November Read

'Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories'

Image of the book cover for Nadine Gordimer's novel Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other StoriesThe Mt. Pleasant Book Club is reading Nadine Gordimer’s Beethoven was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories. Winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature and numerous other awards, including the Man Booker Prize, Gordimer has gone on record as saying the short story is the literary form for our age.
In this collection of short stories, Gordimer explores themes of love, memory, and politics, employing themes close to her own experiences as an activist and author. Gordimer’s playfulness shines through as she veils well-known activist friends as characters in one story, and uses her experience of growing up in a mining town near Johannesburg as the setting for another.
We will be discussing this book Wednesday, Dec. 11 in the large meeting room at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Ana Elisa at or call 202-671-3122.