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South African Nobel-prize winning author Nadine Gordimer died

Jul 16, 2014 17:17 IST

Nadine Gordimer, the South African Nobel Prize-winning author, died on 14 July 2014 in Johannesburg. She was 90.

Her last novel No Time Like the Present was published in 2012.

About Nadime Grodimer
• She was the first South African to win the Nobel prize in literature.
• Grodimer was among one of the literary world’s most powerful voices against apartheid
• In 1974, she jointly won Booker Prize for her book The Conservative
• In 1991, she was awarded with the Nobel Prize for literature
• First published work of Gordimer was a story titled Come Again Tomorrow, which was published in a Johannesburg magazine. At that time she was just 15-year-old
• She was among the leading member of the African National Congress (ANC) that fought for release of Nelson Mandela
• She edited Mandela’s famous I Am Prepared to Die speech that was given by him during his 1962 trial


As an author, she wrote several books (both novels and short stories), which majorly were based on the themes of consequences of apartheid, exile and alienation. Some famous novels were  
• Get a Life (2005)
• The Pickup (2001)
• The House Gun (1998)
• None to Accompany Me (1994)
• My Son's Story (1990)
• July's People (1981)
• A Guest of Honour (1970)
• Occasion for Loving (1963)
• World of Strangers (1958)
• The Lying Days (1953) (her first published novel)

Some of her books, which were banned by the South African government under the apartheid regime, were
• The Late Bourgeois World - 1966
• Burger's Daughter - 1979

The Nobel prize winning authors from African continent

• Wole Soyinka of Nigeria won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986.
• J. M. Coetzee from South Africa won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003

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