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Nadine Gordimer , «Writing And Being»
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Bentara.Asia | Buku ini tipis saja . Berisikan kumpulan essay dan tulisan Nadine Gordimer dengan gaya yang cerdas , hati-hati, mendalam, menggugah dan tajam . Tapi yang menarik diantara sekian bab adalah halaman pertama dari “Writing and Being”. Berisikan pidato Nadine Gordimer di podium pemenang nobel sastra tahun 1991.

Pidato itu mengupas tuntas evolusi dari sebuah kata. Dari kisah penciptaan dan kekuatan firman ilahi . Dari penemuan kertas sampai perkamen Gutenberg . Dari yang semula bersuara sampai selangkah lebih dekat di mana kata-kata berawal , melalui satelite. Singkatnya memiliki kata adalah seperti memiliki kekuasaan. Kalimatnya mengalir bening dan indah menggambarkan kecerdasan seorang Nadine Gordimer.Salah satu dari segelintir penulis wanita yang berhasil mencapai tahap nobel yang prestise.

In the beginning was the Word.

The Word was with God, signified God’s Word, the word that was Creation. But over the centuries of human culture the word has taken on other meanings, secular as well as religious. To have the word has come to be synonymous with ultimate authority, with prestige, with awesome, sometimes dangerous persuation, to have Prime Time, a TV talk show, to have the gift of the gab as well as that of speaking in tongues. The word flies through space, it is bounced from satellites, now nearer than it has ever been to the heaven from which it was believed to have come. But its most significant transformation occured for me and my kind long ago, when it was first scratched on a stone tablet or traced on papyrus, when it materialized from sound to spectacle, from being heard to being read as a series of signs, and then a script; and travelled through time from parchment to Gutenberg. For this is the genesis story of the writer. It is the story that wrote her or him into being. Nadine Gordimer , Nobel Lecture, December 7, 1991

Pidato Nadine Gordimer ini seolah menggenapi nubuat Francis Bacon bahwa istana megah akan berguguran satu demi satu , tapi tulisan Homer akan bertahan selama ribuan tahun . Sungguh memiliki Kata adalah suatu kekuatan dan juga prestise dan prime time.

Di bagian lain dari buku ini , Gordimer juga membahas kolega lintas etnisnya . Gordimer seorang wanita Yahudi menggunakan pisau bedah analisisnya tentang karya Naguib Mahfouz , Chinua Achebe dan Amos Oz . Gordimer menunjukkan objektivitas yang lepas dari bias etnis . Mereka berasal dari Arab dan Afrika.

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