Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer was a renowned South African writer and political activist. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. Gordimer's writing dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid in South Africa. Through her literary works, she explored the complexities of human relationships in a society deeply divided by racial tensions. She was also active in the anti-apartheid movement and her works were sometimes banned in her own country.


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  1. 1. Burger's Daughter

    "Burger's Daughter" is a novel centered around Rosa Burger, a white woman in South Africa during the apartheid era. The narrative delves into Rosa's life and struggle to find her identity, while also dealing with the legacy of her parents who were anti-apartheid activists. This story provides a deep look into the political and social climate of South Africa during a time of racial segregation and oppression.

    The 968th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. July's People

    "July's People" is a novel set in a hypothetical future where South Africa's apartheid system has collapsed and the nation is embroiled in a brutal civil war. The story follows a liberal white family who, fleeing the violence, are taken in by their black servant, July, in his rural village. The book explores the power dynamics and complexities of their relationship, as they navigate this new reality where traditional roles are reversed, and grapple with issues of race, class, and privilege.

    The 1148th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Conservationist

    The book is a character-driven novel set in South Africa during the apartheid era. The protagonist is a wealthy, white industrialist who buys a farm with the intention of using it as a weekend retreat. However, the farm proves to be unprofitable and difficult to manage, and the protagonist's life becomes intertwined with the lives of the black people who live and work on the land. The narrative explores themes of ownership, identity, and the struggle for meaning in a racially divided society.

    The 3455th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Collected Stories

    The anthology brings together a rich tapestry of short stories that delve into the complexities of human relationships, moral dilemmas, and social injustices, particularly within the context of apartheid-era South Africa. The narratives, characterized by their nuanced exploration of personal and political themes, offer a window into the lives of diverse characters as they navigate the intersecting realms of race, class, and gender. Through her incisive prose and keen psychological insight, the author exposes the intricate and often harsh realities of life in a society riddled with systemic oppression, while also illuminating moments of resilience and the enduring capacity for human connection.

    The 7787th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. A Guest Of Honour

    "A Guest Of Honour" is a thought-provoking novel that delves into the complexities of political power and personal morality. Set in an unnamed African country, the story follows a British colonial administrator who is appointed as a temporary president after the country gains independence. As he navigates the murky waters of post-colonial politics, he is forced to confront his own beliefs and confront the consequences of his actions. The novel explores themes of identity, loyalty, and the clash between personal and political ideals.

    The 7960th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. My Son's Story

    The novel revolves around Sonny, a colored schoolteacher turned activist in apartheid-era South Africa, who becomes as much a stranger to his family as he is a hero to the public. As Sonny's political involvement deepens, his family suffers from the consequences of his actions and the sacrifices they are forced to make. The story is narrated by his son, Will, who grapples with his father's legacy and the complex interplay of personal desires and political imperatives. The narrative explores themes of betrayal, love, and the personal costs of political commitment.

    The 8159th Greatest Book of All Time