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Nadine Gordimer offered a model of how to use books as social force
Nadine Gordimer offered a model of how to use books as social force

Nadine Gordimer, who died Sunday at age 90, understood the power of writing as a moral force. Not only in terms of literature (although that too) but also politically, in a country -- apartheid-era South Africa -- where such commitment carried a high price. We think of Gordimer as an international figure, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize for literature, author of more than 40 books, including “A Sport of Nature” and “July's People” as well as the 1974 Booker Prize-winning novel “The Conservationist,” but she is perhaps most notable for what she did not do: fold under the pressures of the Afrikaner regime that came to power in 1948,...

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