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Nadine Gordimer dies at 90; Nobel laureate chronicled apartheid
Nadine Gordimer dies at 90; Nobel laureate chronicled apartheid

From childhood, Nadine Gordimer understood the cruelties of apartheid. "I went to the Convent of Our Lady of Mercy," the daughter of poor South African whites recalled years ago, "but there was no mercy for blacks. I went to dancing classes, blacks were not allowed. The library, which was so precious to me, again, blacks were not allowed. It impinged on my consciousness. I began to ask why." By 15, Gordimer was doing more than asking — she began writing stories and then novels, building over the next eight decades a body of work that would earn her fame as one of the finest chroniclers of apartheid in South Africa. Her characters were a panorama of South...

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