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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
Died13 July 2014(2014-07-13) (aged 90)
Johannesburg, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
PeriodApartheid-era South Africa
GenresNovels, plays
Notable work(s)The Conservationist,
Burger's Daughter,
July's People
Notable award(s)Booker Prize
Nobel Prize in Literature
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

  • 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)


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