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Nadine Gordimer: Pulitzer Prize Winner & Anti-Apartheid Fighter Dies

Mon, July 14, 2014 5:34pm EDT by Chloe Melas 3 Comments
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Nadine, who was best known for her political activism in fighting racial segregation in South Africa, died on July 13 at the age of 90.

Nadine Gordimer spent her life trying to make those around her better. The famous writer and activist, died at her home in South Africa at the age of 90, while her children, Hugo and Oriane, were by her side.

Nadine Gordimer — Pulitzer Prize Winner Dead

Nadine, who had be awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, published her first adult fiction piece at the age of 16, “The Quest For Seen Gold.” She went on to write about racial discrimination in South Africa for the rest of her life. 

Nadine’s family released the following statement after her death:

“She cared most deeply about South Africa, its culture, its people and its on-going struggle to realize its new democracy.”

Nadine, as a member of the African National Congress, was one of the first people that Nelson Mandela asked to meet with when he was released from prison in 1990. Her work although well regarded, was also the subject of major issues within the government. At one point three of her books were banned in South Africa given their controversial subject matter:  “A World of Strangers,” “The Late Bourgeois World” and “Burger’s Daughter.” She wrote over 30 books in her lifetime.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation released this statement after her death: “[We are] Deeply saddened at the loss of South Africa’s grande dame of literature. We have lost a great writer, a patriot and strong voice for equality and democracy in the world.”

Later in Nadine’s life she spent time raising awareness for AIDS. She tried to get funding for HIV/AIDS near the end of her life and wanted the government to provide free drugs to save the lives of millions in her country.

Nadine will be missed but her contributions to society will live on forever.

— Chloe Melas

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