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Nadine Gordimer
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    (November 20, 1923-July 13, 2014)
    Born in Springs, South Africa
    Author and anti-apartheid activist
    Wrote the novels 'The Lying Days' (1963), 'A World of Strangers' (1958), 'Occasion for Living' (1963), 'The Late Bourgeois World' (1966), 'A Guest of Honour' (1970), 'The Conversationalist' (1974), 'Burger's Daughter' (1977), 'July's People' (1981), 'A Sport of Nature' (1987), 'My Son's Story' (1990), 'None to Accompany Me' (1994), 'The House Gun' (1998), 'The Pickup' (2001), 'Get a Life' (2005) and 'No Time Like the Present' (2012)
    Short story collections include 'Face to Face' (1949), 'The Soft Voice of the Serpent' (1952), 'Not for Publication' (1965), 'No Place Like: Selected Stories' (1975), 'Correspondence Course and Other Stories' (1984), 'Why Haven't You Written: Selected Stories 1950-1972' (1992), 'Loot and Other Stories' (2003) and 'Life Times: Stories' (2011)
    Was a member of the African National Congress (ANC)
    Founding member of the Congress of South African Writers (1987)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1991)
    She said that growing up, 'I was awful -- brash, a show-off, a dreadful child.'
    She made up events (and the existence of two cousins) for an autobiographical essay in 'The New Yorker,' 'A South African Childhood.' (1954)
    She stopped using 'he said' and 'she said' in her novels and noted, 'Some people complain that this makes my novels more difficult to read. But I don't care.'
    She signed a statement supporting Fidel Castro and condemning 'harassment of Cuba' in the wake of a crackdown on dissidents by the Castro regime (May 1, 2003).
    She admitted about her disappointment with corruption under ANC governments, 'We were naive because we focused on removing the apartheid government and never thought deeply enough about what would follow.'
    Fellow Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney called her 'a guerrilla of the imagination.'
    Three of her books were banned under the apartheid government's censorship laws.
    She hid several ANC leaders in her home to prevent their arrest, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Luthuli.
    She said the proudest day of her life was when she testified on behalf of 22 anti-apartheid activists at the Delmas Treason Trial (1986).
    She was attacked in her home and locked in a storage room by robbers (2006), but refused to move to a gated community.
    She criticized the post-apartheid governments of Thabo Mbeki for its AIDS denialism and Jacob Zuma for attempting to impose broad censorship laws.
    She said, 'I don't believe in my country, right or wrong. You have the right -- indeed, the duty -- to be critical.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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