Nadine Gordimer

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Nadine Gordimer
Gordimer at the Göteborg Book Fair, 2010
Born (1923-11-20)20 November 1923
Springs, Transvaal,
Union of South Africa
Died 13 July 2014(2014-07-13) (aged 90)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality South African
Period Apartheid-era South Africa
Genres Novels, plays
Notable work(s) The Conservationist,
Burger's Daughter,
July's People
Notable award(s) Booker Prize
1974
Nobel Prize in Literature
1991
Spouse(s) Gerald Gavron (1949–?; divorced; 1 child)
Reinhold Cassirer (1954–2001; his death; 1 child)

Nadine Gordimer (20 November 1923 – 13 July 2014) was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was known as a woman "who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity".[1] She was of Jewish descent.

Gordimer's writing helped abolishing apartheid in South Africa.[2] She was active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned. Later on she was also active in HIV/AIDS causes.

Gordimer was one of 20 Nobel Laureates[3] who signed the "Stockholm memorandum" at the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability in Stockholm, Sweden on 18 May 2011.[4] Gordimer was born near Springs, a small town outside of Johannesburg on 20 November 1923.[5]

Gordimer died on 13 July 2014 at the age of 90.[6][7]

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Ronald Suresh Roberts, No Cold Kitchen: A Biography of Nadine Gordimer (2005)
  • No Cold Kitchen: A Biography of Nadine Gordimer by Ronald Suresh Roberts (STE)

References[change | change source]

  1. "A Writer's Life: Nadine Gordimer", 3 April 2006, Telegraph.
  2. Glen Frankel (2013-12-05). "The Speech at Rivonia Trial that Changed History". Washington Post.
  3. Such as Peter Agre, Yuan T. Lee, Elinor Ostrom, Werner Arber, David Gross, James Mirrlees, Carlo Rubbia, Paul J. Crutzen, Mario J. Molina, Amartya Sen, Peter Doherty (scientist), Walter Kohn, Douglass North, John Sulston, Murray Gell-Mann, Harold Kroto, Douglas Osheroff, Muhammad Yunus
  4. "Stockholm Memorandum," Nobel-cause.de, 2011
  5. "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1991". Nobelprize. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
  6. "SA novelist Nadine Gordimer dies". News24.com. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  7. "Nadine Gordimer dies aged 90". The Guardian. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.

Other websites[change | change source]

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