Obituary for Nadine Gordimer

From published in the New York Times on July 14, comes this obituary for the South African writer Nadine Gordimer who died at 90 on Sunday, July 13th, 2014.

She never wrote an autobiography. “Autobiography,” she said in 1963, “can’t be written until one is old, can’t hurt anyone’s feelings, can’t be sued for libel, or, worse, contradicted.”

She was awareded the Nobel prize for Literature in 1991. As another obituary notes:

Gordimer was one of the first people Nelson Mandela wanted to see upon his release from prison in 1990. A copy of her 1979 novel Burger’s Daughter, which explored the family life of the children of revolutionaries, had been smuggled into his hands while he was imprisoned.

More in her Wikipedia biography.

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