Nadine Gordimer

 
The essayist who froze history’s quiet moments
The essayist who froze history’s quiet moments
On June 26 2018, David Goldblatt was buried near a hedge close to electricity pylons, with wires undulating from the Melville koppies past the...
M&G Literary Festival: Being here or being square
M&G Literary Festival: Being here or being square
The fifth annual M&G Literary Festival will be held at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg, on Saturday August 30 and Sunday August...
Gordimer's legacy is our honour
Gordimer's legacy is our honour
Writers belong to all humankind, and so the world has joined South Africa to mourn the passing of Nadine Gordimer. Yet there has been something...
Nadine Gordimer: A rich legacy for young artists
Nadine Gordimer: A rich legacy for young artists
In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, delivered in 1957, Albert Camus said: "The writer's role is not free from difficult duties. By definition he...
Gordimer: Allergic to nonsense, and tired of idiotic questions
Gordimer: Allergic to nonsense, and tired of idiotic questions
These things happen; they just do. Just the other day some of us so-called "literary comrades" were reflecting that, since the year 2013 – and to...
Nadine Gordimer: A light shining into the dark
Nadine Gordimer: A light shining into the dark
"It was ugly," wrote Nadine Gordimer in 1973, making no apology for the brutalised landscapes she grew up in and called home for nine decades.
Gordimer gave us the gift of complexity
Gordimer gave us the gift of complexity
Nadine Gordimer gave expression for so many decades to the textures of South African experience and the currents of our history that it is...
Gordimer: A leader quite prepared to grubby herself in struggle politics
Gordimer: A leader quite prepared to grubby herself in struggle politics
It started on a Thursday midday, when the organiser of the Weekly Mail Book Week put down the phone, walked across the newsroom and interrupted me...
We must make do without Nadine Gordimer
We must make do without Nadine Gordimer
"Let me be forgotten." Nadine Gordimer gave this reply in a Guardian Q&A two years ago when asked how she would like to be remembered. This...
Nadine Gordimer: A patriot with a heart
Nadine Gordimer: A patriot with a heart
I first met Nadine in 1959 or 1960, probably. On one occasion, I had just been reading The Classic magazine, founded by Nat Nakasa, and...
Nadine Gordimer: Tough questions for herself
Nadine Gordimer: Tough questions for herself
In a 2003 piece, collected in Telling Times: Writing and Living 1950-2008 (Bloomsbury), Nadine Gordimer wondered about "the questions...
Nadine Gordimer: Farewell to a great spirit
Nadine Gordimer: Farewell to a great spirit
Nadine and Ngugi arrested in Amherst! No, no, it was not the case, but that's how my wife, Njeeri, imagined the headlines in Kenya and South Africa...

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