Abstract In examining aspects of identity in "The Pickup" (2001), Nadine Gordimer's latest novel this article indicates new trends in post-apartheid South African English literature as well. In the article it is indicated that identity has always been an important theme in Gordimer's novels. Her earlier novels tend to focus on her characters' struggle to attain political or racial rather than personal freedom, while her later novels increasingly tend to examine the construction of individual identities. "The Pickup" has continued this search for identity, but against a new and interesting perspective, a perspective that is in line with the political transformation of post-apartheid South Africa after 1994. Moreover, this theme is extremely relevant in the twenty-first century with its increased emphasis on place and globalisation. This article thus examines the theme of identity in "The Pickup", first against a South African background and then against the backdrop of an unknown town somewhere in the desert--most probably in Northern Africa.