Africa loses famous novelist, Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer

Posted by News Express | 14 July 2014 | 2,920 times

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Famous African novelist and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer has died after a brief illness at the age of 90, her family said.

South Africa’s Gordimer, one of the literary world's most powerful voices against apartheid,

died peacefully at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane, a statement from the family said.

Gordimer in 1962 helped to edit Nelson Mandela’s famous “I am prepared to die” speech.

Gordimer won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, for a long career in literature that saw many of her books banned by the Apartheid Government.

She wrote more than 30 books, including the novels My Son's Story, Burger's Daughter and July's People.

In its tribute, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said it was “deeply saddened at the loss of South Africa’s grande dame of literature,” adding: “We have lost a great writer, a patriot and strong voice for equality and democracy in the world.”

Gordimer’s family said a private memorial service would be announced at a later date.

She is survived by three children.

•Photo shows late Nadine Gordimer.

Source: News Express

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