"[Gordimer] has taken on Mehring's contemptuous, powerful sexuality and has felt the world through the stirrings of his genitals as well as simply watched it through his eyes. On this level alone, there has been no novel with which to compare it since Angus Wilson's 'The Middle Age of Mrs. Eliot'. [Gordimer] writes about being a man with more curiousity, passion and intelligence than any man could bring to the subject....The extraordinary thing is that Mehring is so complete and powerful a fictional character that he survives all of Miss Gordimer's efforts to trip him up. He only stops his prose when his brains are blown out. And he, not Miss Gordimer, finally dominates the novel."Gordimer, Nadine is the author of 'Conservationist', published 1983 under ISBN 9780140047165 and ISBN 0140047166.