Nadine Gordimer (1699 words)

  • Dominic Head (University of Nottingham)

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The South African novelist and short-story writer Nadine Gordimer is her country's most famous literary figure. Her international reputation is that of a consistent critic of apartheid, with a political outlook that becomes increasingly radical through the apartheid era. Yet as a white South African her position is fraught with tension, since she is located, to some extent, within the power group she sets out to condemn. However, despite this sense of unwanted complicity, Gordimer has refused to exile herself from the country she considers her home, and this has enabled her to produce a sustained literary chronicle of South Africa through the entire apartheid period and beyond, often focusing on the evolving nature of white guilt and …

Head, Dominic. "Nadine Gordimer". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
[, accessed 05 December 2016.]

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