Nadine Gordimer was born 20 November 1923 in Springs, Transvaal, South Africa and is best known as a Nobel prize winning South African writer and political activist .
She was the daughter of Russian and English immigrants. She started writing as a teenager, publishing her first collection of short stories, Face to Face in 1949. Since, her career as a writer of short stories, novels and critical essays, most of which revolve around the troubles and the racial tensions of South Africa has earn wide acclaim. Actively involved in fighting the South African government in the 1960s, she faced censorship in her home country, whilst collecting recognition and awards abroad.
She won a Booker Prize (1974) for her novel The Conservationist, and her other novels include A Guest of Honor (1971), July's People (1981) and The House Gun (1998).
Nadine Gordimer was the first South African to win the Nobel literature prize.
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