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Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer
Copyright Maureen Isaacson

Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014), the recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in a small South African town. Her first book, a collection of stories, was published when she was in her early twenties. Her ten books of stories include Something Out There (1984), and Jump and Other Stories (1991). Her novels include The Lying Days (1953), A World of Strangers (1958), Occasion for Loving (1963), The Late Bourgeois World (1966), A Guest of Honour (1971), The Conservationist (1975), Burger's Daughter (1979), July's People (1981), A Sport of Nature (1987), My Son's Story (1990), None to Accompany Me (1994), The House Gun (1998), The Pickup (2001), Get a Life (2005), and No Time Like the Present (2012). A World of Strangers, The Late Bourgeois World, and Burger's Daughter were originally banned in South Africa. She published three books of literary and political essays: The Essential Gesture (1988); Writing and Being (1995), the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures she gave at Harvard in 1994; and Living in Hope and History (1999).

Ms. Gordimer was a vice president of PEN International and an executive member of the Congress of South African Writers. She was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in Great Britain and an honorary member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was also a Commandeur de'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). She held fourteen honorary degrees from universities including Harvard, Yale, Smith College, the New School for Social Research, City College of New York, the University of Leuven in Belgium, Oxford University, and Cambridge University.

Ms. Gordimer won numerous literary awards, including the Booker Prize for The Conservationist, both internationally and in South Africa.

The Pickup

Nadine Gordimer
Picador
Picador

A New York Times Notable Book
Winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa


"Ranks as one of Gordimer's best novels…It transcends politics...

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No Time Like the Present

Nadine Gordimer
Picador
Picador

"A perfect example of what literature can give us that history books cannot."—Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review

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The House Gun

Nadine Gordimer
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"With the scaffolding of a courtroom drama and the moral underpinnings of the state's responsibility, the novel infuses an isolated crime of passion with the atmospheric pressure of a country reeling...

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My Son's Story

Nadine Gordimer
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When Will skips school to slip off to a movie theater near Johannesburg, he is shocked to see his father. An ordinary mishap, but his father is no ordinary man. He is a "colored" and revered anti-apartheid...

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Jump and Other Stories

Nadine Gordimer
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Picador

Jump and Other Stories collects fifteen thematically and geographically wide-ranging tales from political activist and Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, with settings ranging...

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Life Times

Nadine Gordimer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A stunning selection of the best short fiction from the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature

This collection of Nadine Gordimer's short fiction demonstrates her rich use of language...

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None to Accompany Me

Nadine Gordimer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In an extraordinary period immediately before the first non-racial election and the beginning of majority rule in South Africa, Vera Stark, the protagonist of Nadine Gordimer's passionate novel,...

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Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black

Nadine Gordimer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"You're not responsible for your ancestry, are you . . . But if that's so, why have marched under banned slogans, got yourself beaten up by the police, arrested a couple of times; plastered walls...

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Get a Life

Get a Life

Nadine Gordimer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A young man's treatment for cancer inspires profound changes in his family.

Paul Bannerman, an ecologist in South Africa, believes he understands the trajectory of his life,...

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Telling Tales

Telling Tales

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Picador

An extraordinary story collection selected by Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer, from which all proceeds will be donated to the fight against AIDS

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Loot

Nadine Gordimer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Masterly new fiction from the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature

A startling new work: ten fictions, each a revelation of our interior lives, each entering unforeseen...

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Living in Hope and History

Nadine Gordimer
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Internationally celebrated for her novels, Nadine Gordimer has devoted much of her life and fiction to the political struggles of the Third World, the New World, and her native South Africa. Living...

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