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Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize-winning voice against apartheid

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South African author and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer passed on Sunday, July 13 at the age of 90. Over seven decades Gordimer penned 15 novels and a plethora of short stories, making her one of the most widely recognized writers in the English language. A member of the African National Congress and a friend of Nelson Mandela—she was one of the first people he asked to see after his release from prison—Gordimer was born in South Africa to Jewish parents in 1923. She did not initially intend to write about apartheid. However, she found it nearly impossible to delve in to South African life and ignore the rampant oppression. Her work addressed the moral and political dilemmas of not…

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