Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer, novelist and activist. Moral and racial issues formed the crux of her writings. She went on to receive the Noble Prize for Literature in 1991. Through her writings she raised the social issues prevalent in the Apartheid era in South Africa. She also played a crucial role in taking care of people suffering from HIV and AIDS. She became a member of the African National Congress and gave advice to Nelson Mandela on the defense speech in 1964 for which he was convicted for life. She received an ever-growing global recognition for her work in ‘July’s People’, ‘House Gun’ and ‘Burger’s Daughter’. These narratives dealt with the political and racial turmoil which was deep rooted in the country. They also threw light on the sufferings of the ordinary people within the unrest. Being an activist she was very vocal which clearly express her thoughts on issues close to her heart. Reading through these thoughts and quotes by Gordimer will make you introspect about the dark times in the political history of the country and the effects it had on the general consensus. We bring to you a collection of quotes by the renowned writer on relationships, success, disaster, sorrow, humanity, expectation, death, misery and struggle.
It's easier for the former masters to put aside the masks that hid their humanity than for the former slaves to recognise the faces underneath. Or to trust that this is not a new mask these are wearing.
Responsibility is what awaits outside the Eden of Creativity
I am an African. I am white. I, in my humble way, and others in their much more brave way, have earned that right.