Tuesday, 15 July 2014


South African novelist and political activist Nadine Gordimer, aged 90,  died in her home in Johannesburg last Sunday. 
Her family confirmed the sad news, saying that Nadine passed away after a brief illness. 
In 1991 she won the Nobel prize for Literature for her novels and short stories exploring the drama of racial segregation and white-minority rule in South Africa before anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela took office in 1994.
Nadine Gordimer was a member of the African National Congress at a time when it was illegal and she was one of the first people Nelson Mandela asked to see when he was released from prison in 1990.
"She cared most deeply about South Africa, its culture, its people and its on-going struggle to realise its new democracy," the family statement said.

Read here  the long illuminating interview she gave in November 2011.
Here you can read Margaret Atwood's article about Nadine Gordimer from The Guardian.
Here  you can find an essay on "the most resourceful writer to have distilled fiction from the experience of apartheid".

Last but not least, I recommend  reading  The Ultimate Safari  and  Six Feet of the Country. Enjoy!

"Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area".
Nadine Gordimer

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