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Nadine Gordimer


An acclaimed South African article writer, she won the Booker Prize and became a Nobel Laureate in Books in 1991. Her best-known functions are the Conservationist and July’s People. She released her first book, The Lying Times, in 1953. Through the Apartheid period in South Africa, she was a prominent activist for racial equality. She actually is also known for the the critically-acclaimed functions, The Pickup and A Sport of Character. Her second hubby, Reinhold Cassirer, passed on in 2001. She acquired one young child with Cassirer and another with her initial hubby, Gerald Gavron. She gained the Nobel Award in Books a calendar year after Octavio Paz received the same honor.

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Date Of Birth November 20, 1923
Place Of Birth South Africa
Profession Novelist
Education University of the Witwatersrand
Nationality South African
Spouse Reinhold Cassirer, Gerald Gavronsky
Children Hugo Cassirer, Oriane Gavronsky
Parents Isidore Gordimer, Hannah Gordimer
Awards Nobel Prize in Literature, Booker Prize, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service, James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Fiction
Nominations The Best of the Booker, Neustadt International Prize for Literature
Movies The House Gun, Regarding Susan Sontag
Star Sign Scorpio

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1Won the Booker Prize in 1974.
2Was robbed by three men in her home in Johannesburg (26 October 2006).
3Author of successful novels such as "The Lying Day" (1953), "The Conservationist" (1974) or "The Pickup" (2001). Most of her books deal with the political and moral situation in her home country South Africa.
4Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995
5Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 131, pages 180-190. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
6Won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1991.



Allen Boesak: Choosing for Justice1984Documentary short
City Lovers1982story
Good Climate, Friendly Inhabitants1982TV Movie short story
Praise1982TV Movie screenplay
The Gordimer Stories1982story "Six Feet of the Country" / story and screenplay "Country Lovers"
A Chip of Glass Ruby1981story and screenplay
Dilemma1962/IInovel ""A World of Strangers"






Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa2014DocumentaryHerself
21 Icons2014TV Series documentary
Regarding Susan Sontag2014DocumentaryHerself
Efter Tio2010TV SeriesHerself
Amos Oz: The Nature of Dreams2009DocumentaryHerself
Life and Times2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Droit d'auteurs2002TV SeriesHerself
Visionen zum Millennium1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Gensyn med Johannesburg1996DocumentaryHerself
Charlie Rose1994TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Beyond Hate1991Video documentaryHerself
The Lively Arts1976TV Series documentaryHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991Nobel Prize in LiteratureNobel Prize

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1Television and newspapers show peoples' lives at a certain point. But novels tell you what happened after the riot, what happened when everybody went home.
2Humans, the only self-regarding animals, blessed or cursed within this higher faculty, have always wanted to know why.
3I shall never write an autobiography. I'm much too jealous of my privacy for that.
4The facts are always less than what really happened.
5Truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
6People give one another things that can't be gift-wrapped.
7From Ernest Hemingway's stories I learned to listen within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters.
8I cannot live with someone who can't live without me.
9Responsibility is what waits outside the Eden of Creativity.

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