Nadine Gordimer

Leanne Hallenbeck

"The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is" -Nadine Gordimer
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Life of Gordimer

  • born to a middle class white family in South Africa in 1923
  • enjoyed literature and reading and she learned about the other side of apartheid through her reading
  • started writing when she was 15 and only attended university for one year
  • her stories revealed how apartheid was detrimental to the lives of black South Africans
  • well known author who has received the Booker Prize, the French Legion of Honor, and the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • passed away in 2014 after writing 15 novels

Connection to Apartheid

  • Gordimer showed that the White community was also concerned with the issue of apartheid
  • She was able to spread anti-apartheid sentiments throughout the world because of the books she wrote
  • Whites across the world read her books and the international community became more concerned with ending apartheid
  • Her books revealed the harsh reality of apartheid and gave the entire world more awareness on the issue

Works Cited

"Nadine Gordimer". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2015. Web. 12 Nov. 2015
<http://www.britannica.com/biography/Nadine-Gordimer>.



Verongos, Helen. "Nadine Gordimer, Novelist Who Took On Apartheid, Is Dead at 90." NY Times. 14 July 2014. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.


"Nadine Gordimer: A Life in Quotes." The Guardian. 14 July 2014. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.