Waiting for Calamity

That summer [1949] was the second under Nationalist government. …As people always do when the unthinkable comes to pass, we had braced ourselves to the curious letdown of finding ourselves on the losing side…and had waited for calamity to come down. …We wanted a quick shock, over and done with, but what we were going to get was something much slower, surer, and more terrible—apartheid.

[ from The Lying Days, a novel by Nadine Gordimer, South Africa, 1953 ]

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~ by Jay Taber on May 7, 2007.

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