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Nadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer
Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer was born in 1923 to Jewish immigrants in the small town of Springs, Transvaal, South Africa, a mining town outside of Johannesburg. She attended school at a convent and published her first short story as a teenager in the children's section of a Johannesburg Sunday newspaper. In 1945 she spent a year at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Living in Johannesburg since 1948, Gordimer has been a vocal activist against apartheid, publicly criticizing the government's policies and activities. A relentless defender of freedom of self-expression—three of her novels were banned in South Africa—Gordimer has served as a steering committee member of the Anti-Censorship Action Group. Her writing illustrates the need for political change and, more generally, the dynamics at the intersection of public and private life. But it is the combination of these qualities with her immense storytelling skills and the power with which she addresses such universal themes as responsibility, freedom, and the nature of love that has won her a reputation as one of the world's great writers. Among her many literary honors are the 1974 Booker Prize and the 1991 Nobel Prize for Literature. (From Penguin Reading Guides)

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Biographical Links:

Biography of Nadine Gordimer
Contemporary Authors -- British Council Arts

Nadine Gordimer

A Biography of Nadine Gordimer
by Mandisi Majavu, Znet, January 15, 2006

Bio Hazard by Rachel Donadio
New York Times, December 31, 2006
The above link requires New York Times free registration.



The Independent interview
May 30, 2007

It seems materialism has conquered all.
NPQ -- New Perspective Quarterly Interview of Nadine Gordimer
Vol 24, #2, Spring 2007, May 14, 2007

Nadine Gordimer on the decline of Book Culture
National Book Critics Circle
April 26, 2007

Interview with Nadine Gordimer, The Charlie Rose Show.
Dec. 8, 2004. Interview begins at 26:30 into the video.
A conversation with author Nadine Gordimer about AIDS in Africa and her book Telling Tales, a collection that features stories by Woody Allen, Salman Rushdie and John Updike.


Nadine Gordimer with Steve Wasserman
Lannan Readings & Conversations, Dec. 3, 2003

Bard College Interview of Nadine Gordimer -- March 25, 2002 (pdf)
By Kerry Chance

BBC Audio Interview of Nadine Gordimer
Oct. 18, 1998

The conscience of South Africa talks about her country's new racial order
1998 Salon Interview by Dwight Garner

Interview with Nadine Gordimer, The Charlie Rose Show
Nov. 18, 1994, interview begins at 28:00 into the video.
Gordimer talks about winning the Nobel Prize, her writing process, and her book None to Accompany Me, about the journey of two couples, one black, one white, during the unraveling of South African apartheid.


Awards and Recognition:

60 Years of Heroes, Nadine Gordimer
by Donald Morrison, Time Europe, Vol 168, No 21, Nov. 13 2006

The Human Face of Globalization by Nadine Gordimer
UNESCO, Letters to Future Generations

The Pickup -- 2002 Notable Book List
American Library Association -- Notable Books Council of the Reference and User Services Association

Nobel Prize for Literature 1991

"who through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity"

Nadine Gordimer, Writing and Being
Nobel lecture, Dec. 7, 1991

Co-winner 1974 Man Booker Prize
Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist

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