17 April, 2021

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Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014), R.I.P.

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Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014)

The grande dame of South African literature Nadine Gordimer never really considered herself an activist-writer, though she was closely associated with the anti-Apartheid movement and her work in protest against it opened the eyes of the world to the brutality and injustice of her country. In fact, in Lite­rary Miniatures, reviewed alongside, she says: “I’ve been writing since I was nine years old, in a country where the air saturated with politics. My characters are naturally imbued with it. In fact, I am only telling the truth about the society in which I live.” In The Ess­e­ntial Gesture: Writing, Politics and Places, she quotes Camus, “When I become only a writer, I will stop writing.” Elsewhere, Gordimer says of writing: “Your whole life you are really writing one book, which is an attempt to grasp the consciousness of your time and place—a single book wri­tten from...

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