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THE CONSERVATIONIST (article first published : 2007-02-18)

Oak Tree Press, in collaboration with David Krut Publishing, has announced the launch of the third volume in the First Chapter Series, Nadine Gordimer's The Conservationist.

The First Chapter Series, launched in 2006, celebrates winners of the Booker Prize in a beautifully bound series of books, signed, where possible, by the authors and presented in an elegant slipcase. For each volume, Oak Tree Press and David Krut Publishing have commissioned an artist to illustrate themes of the book. Colbert Mashile produced a linocut for JM Coetzee's Life and Times of Michael K and Jo Ractliffe illustrated Coetzee's second Booker Prize winner, Disgrace, with a moody black and white photograph.

For The Conservationist, which won the Booker Prize in 1974, artist Cyril Coetzee has worked with the David Krut Print Workshop to produce three delicate etchings. The images show Coetzee's patient attention to detail and his ability to render figures in three-dimensional fullness. They are a marvellous accompaniment to a novel that occupies an important place in South African literary history.

Proceeds from the sales of all the First Chapter Series go to charities and organisations actively involved in HIV/Aids prevention and awareness campaigns. Gordimer requested that proceeds from sales of The Conservationist be donated to the Treatment Action Campaign.




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