Nadine Gordimer’s interracial love story between a young Arab man and a white South African woman explores themes of race, class, identity and culture.
When Julie Summers’ car breaks down in a sleazy street, a young Arab garage mechanic comes to her rescue. Out of this meeting develops a friendship that turns to love. But soon, despite attempts to make the most of Julie’s wealthy connections, Abdu is deported from South Africa. Julie insists on going too - but the couple must marry to make the relationship legitimate in the traditional village which is to be their home. Here, however, an unexpected gulf forms between them.