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The Ultimate Safari by Nadine Gordimer,

Nadine Gordimer is one of the leading African writers; most of her work is about the exploitation of the Black People from the White People. There is one thing I am sure of: racism is wrong. She did her duty as a citizen. Denouncing Apartheid in her books was one of them, along with letting the world know of the disastrous and catastrophic consequences of the racial discriminations of system to the lives of the people. She was rewarded for having been the Geiger Counter of Apartheid for fifty years with the Nobel Prize in 1991. Nadine Gordimer in her work attacks with a clear-eyed sternness, a lack of sentimentality, and a deep understanding of the darkest depths of the human soul her eternal themes are the inextricable and extremely complex link between personal and communal history; the inescapable moral ambiguities of daily life; the political and racial tensions that persist in South Africa. In each new work is fresh evidence of her literary genius: in the sharpness of her psychological insights, the stark beauty of her language, the complexity of her characters, and the difficult choices with which they are faced with. Writing in the mid- to late-1980s, as the South African government's apartheid policies began to unravel, Gordimer seemed acutely aware of the political and social changes happening around her this change is very visibly detected in The Ultimate Safari where on one hand the only food the black people had was what the baboons ate, dry little figs full of ants nothing to eat for months and on the other the white people as the narrator states: were cooking in the camps and we could smell the smoke as the meat. They were not even allowed to eat food from the dustbins. The Ultimate Safari is a story written during civil war in Mozambique, a country in Africa; it was a time when Mozambique was passing through difficult time and speaking against the government was something intolerable that is why we see a lot of symbolism in Gordimers stories. The story begins with the narrator making a mysterious statement that sets the vague and ambiguous tone of the story she states: That night our mother went to the shop and she didnt come back. Ever. Both her mother and father disappeared in mysterious way highlighting the chaos and uncertainty prevailing within the society. The society appears to be deprived of every basic requirement such as a proper home clothes and food; we hadnt tasted oil for a long time says the narrator. After the mysterious disappearance of the narrators mother, the narrator, her younger and old brother were left alone so they were taken by their grandparents to their own village but there was no

change in their situation they too did not have proper food as the narrator states: Perhaps it was a month. We were hungry showing the extent to which people suffered. Gordimer has tried to highlight how much people were deprived of the basic necessities as they had not eaten proper food for months. Gordimer is very "attentive to the 'morbid symptoms' that characterize South Africa's interregnum and which show no signs of letting up as the 1990s proceed writes Lazar in his review about Gordimers work. This fact is very obvious from the way the characters are depicted with their gruesome and melancholic conditions depicted as treated worse than animals. The narrator along with her siblings and grandparents leave Mozambique in order to go to a refugee camp in South Africa. This decision of leaving was taken by the grandmother. The grandmother is portrayed as a very strong and independent woman