Nadine Gordimer

Nobel Prize-winner and joint Booker Prize-winner with her novel, The Conservationist...

20/11/1923 - 13/07/2014

Nadine Gordimer biography and information

Nadine Gordimer was a South African author, known for her literary voice against apartheid--her writing often dealt with morals and racial tensions. She was born in a mining town outside Johannesburg. She published her first story, Come Again Tomorrow, in Johannesburg Magazine at the age of 15.

She was a leading member of the African National Congress (ANC) and fought for the release of Nelson Mandela. They became friends, and she edited Mandela's famous I Am Prepared To Die speech, which he gave during his 1962 trial.

Gordimer wrote more than 30 books, including My Son's Story, the award-winning The Pickup, and Burger's Daughter  a book which was banned along with The Late Bourgeois World under South Africa's apartheid regime.

She died in Johannesburg at the age of 90.

Book and writing awards

Nobel Prize for Literature (1991), Booker Prize (joint-win) for The Conservationist (1974), Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Best Book from Africa (2002) and Booker Prize longlist (2001) for The Pickup. She was a Fellow at the Royal Society of Literature, and held at least 15 honorary degrees.

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Alan PatonDoris Lessing, and Andre Brink

 

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Books by Nadine Gordimer

The Conservationist
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July's People
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The Pickup
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A World of Strangers
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The House Gun
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Occasion for Loving
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Burger's Daughter
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The Lying Days
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Telling Tales
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My Son's Story
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Telling Times
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Jump and Other Stories
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Life Times
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A Guest of Honour
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Loot
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