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Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize-Winning Author

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Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize-Winning Author

Nobel Prize-winning author and activist Nadine Gordimer (1923 - 2014) spoke out adamantly and eloquently against apartheid in literary works including "July’s People" and "Burger’s Daughter."

According the Nobel Prize organization, "Nadine Gordimer is the writer that most stubbornly has kept the true face of racism in front of us, in all its human complexities."

The Nobel Prize called Gordimer "the Geiger counter of apartheid," and poet Seamus Heaney, a Nobel recipient in 1995, said she was one of the "guerrillas of the imagination."

As Gordimer became increasingly active in politics in the 1960s, she became friends with Nelson Mandela and other prominent activists. Gordimer helped Mandela edit his famous speech "I Am Prepared to Die," given from the defendant's dock during his trial. When Mandela was released from prison in 1990, Gordimer was one of the first people he wanted to see, according to the Nobel Prize website.

In addition to receiving the 1991 Nobel Prize in literature, the critically-acclaimed South African won the Booker Prize, the French Legion of Honor, at least 15 honorary degrees, and dozens more awards and honors before her death July 13, 2014.

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