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Nadine Gordimer (1991)

Nadine Gordimer is a South African writer. She published her first short story at age 15 and later many of her stories appeared in The New Yorker magazine. Her collections include Selected Stories (1975), A Soldier's Embrace (1980), Jump and Other Stories (1991), and Loot and Other Stories (2003). A member of the African National Congress, Gordimer was often militantly critical of South African life in her fiction. She tendered little moral hope for whites who lived under apartheid, and fought the system in her political life and her writings. In 1991 she won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Fun Fact: Gordimer also won the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Conservationist, in 1974.

Source: Columbia Encyclopedia. Photo: UN.

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