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South African novelist and short-story writer who received Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991 Gordimers main themes are exile loneliness and strong political opposition towards racial segregation She was a founding member of Congress of South African Writers and even at the height of the apartheid regime she never considered leaving her country Nadine Gordimer was born into a well-off family in Springs Transvaal an East Rand mining town outside Johannesburg It was the setting for Gordimers first novel THE LYING DAYS 1953 Her father was a Jewish jeweller originally from Latvia and her mother of British descent From her early childhood Gordimer witnessed the increase of white power at the expense of the rights of the black majority Gordimer was educated in a convent school and she spent a year at Witwaterstrand University Johannesburg without taking a degree Often kept at home by a mother who imagined she had a weak heart Gordimer began writing from the age of nine and her first story Come Again Tomorrow appeared in the Johannesburg magazine Forum when she was fifteen By her twenties Gordimer had had stories published in many of the local magazines and in 1951 the New Yorker accepted a story publishing her ever sinceFrom her first collection of short stories FACE TO FACE 1949 which is not listed in some of her biographies Gordimer has revealed the effects of alienation of racies on society It was followed by THE SOFT VOICE OF THE SERPENT 1952 and novel The Lying Days 1953 which exhibited Gordimers unsentimental technique already hallmark of her narrative The story was based largely on the authors own life and depicted a white girl who attempts to escape the racism of a small-town life Other works in the 1950s and 1960s include A WORLD OF STRANGERS 1958 OCCASION FOR LOVING 1963 and THE LATE BOURGEOIS WORLD 1966 In these novels Gordimer studies the master-servant relations characteristic of South African life spiritual and
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