Nadine Gordimer

 
​Discovering the world of Can Themba
​Discovering the world of Can Themba
Author and playwright Siphiwo Mahala asserts that many South Africans know of 1950s Drum generation writer Can Themba only as a journalist. With the exception of the play The Suit, the appreciation of his craft is usually limited to the selection of his writings...
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...
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: Mentor, comrade and friend
Nadine Gordimer: Mentor, comrade and friend
Nadine Gordimer and I met through the Congress of South African Writers in 1988 – round about the time when I joined. I would perform at quite a...
At home with Nadine Gordimer, a very private individual
At home with Nadine Gordimer, a very private individual
My first clear memory of Nadine Gordimer was in 1960 during the first State of Emergency, when she came to the women's prison at The Fort (now part...
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...
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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