The Soft Voice of the Serpent

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First edition

The Soft Voice of the Serpent and Other Stories is a short story collection by the South African writer Nadine Gordimer. It was first published in 1952 by Simon & Schuster, and largely overlaps her first short story collection, Face to Face (1949).[1]


  • "The Soft Voice of the Serpent"
  • "The Catch"
  • "The Kindest Thing to Do"
  • "The Hour and the Years"
  • "The Train From Rhodesia"
  • "A Watcher of the Dead"
  • "Treasures of the Sea"
  • "The Prisoner"
  • "Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet?"
  • "The Amateurs"
  • "A Present For a Good Girl"
  • "La Vie Boheme"
  • "Ah, Woe Is Me"
  • "Another Part of the Sky"
  • "The Umbilical Cord"
  • "The Talisman"
  • "The End of the Tunnel"
  • "The Defeated"
  • "A Commonplace Story"
  • "Monday is Better Than Sunday"
  • "In the Beginning"


  1. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1991: Nadine Gordimer". 3 October 1991. Retrieved 7 August 2015.