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Nobel-prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer dies at 90


Author Nadine Gordimer died peacefully at her Johannesburg home on Sunday, at the age of 90. The South African writer’s novels and stories depicted the drama of human life in a society troubled by racial segregation. She won the Nobel prize in 1991.

Gordimer’s works were highly controversial. The Guardian reports, “she had three books banned under the apartheid regime’s censorship laws, along with an anthology of poetry by black South African writers that she collected and had published.” The banned titles include A World of Strangers and Burger’s Daughter.

The Guardian shared some memorable quotes from the author on censorship, writing, and life in general:

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.

Writing is making sense of life. You work your whole life and perhaps you’ve made sense of one small area.

Nothing factual that I write or say will be as truthful as my fiction.

Books don’t need batteries.

Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb.

Nadine Gordimer leaves behind an epic legacy of literature, including several short story collections, essays, and 15 novels. Several signed books are available.

Novels by Nadine Gordimer

The Lying Days (1953)
A World of Strangers (1958)
Occasion for Loving (1963)
The Late Bourgeois World (1966)
A Guest of Honour (1970)
The Conservationist (1974)
Burger’s Daughter (1979)
July’s People (1981)
A Sport of Nature (1987)
My Son’s Story (1990)
None to Accompany Me (1994)
The House Gun
The Pickup (2001)
Get a Life (2005)
No Time Like the Present (2012)

 

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