September 18, 1994 |
There are revolutions--the French, the Chinese, the Russian--that devour the children who made them. More often, perhaps, it is a matter not of being devoured but of being digested. A little ahead of the curve of history, as always, Nadine Gordimer writes of two anti-apartheid fighters whom victory, like a river rising and jumping its bed, has begun to withdraw from and leave stranded. "None to Accompany Me" takes place in the blurred and confusing excitement of South Africa in the early 1990s.
July 13, 2003 |
In a parlor dominated by dark antique furniture, a beamed ceiling and the overpowering aroma of fresh-cut tropical blooms, South African novelist Nadine Gordimer sets down a heavy tea tray. The gray light of a rainy day filters in from the long windows onto her leafy garden as she pours the steaming black tea. Like her friend Nelson Mandela, who read Gordimer's novels during his 27 years in prison, Gordimer is an institution in South Africa.
October 6, 1991 |
Nadine Gordimer takes you by the hand. Sometimes she leads you gently. Sometimes, impatient, she yanks. Come, she says, there are things I want you to see. We've been over Gordimer turf before. We know the field is not level. As always, there are salients of insensitivity, injustice, inhumanity--apartheid. After so many tours, can there be something we missed? There can. There is. Our cicerone knows where the real stuff is--new insights, apercus, epiphanies, buried under layers of complacency.
January 18, 1998 |
Harald Lindgard is a prosperous South African insurance executive; his wife, Claudia, a respected physician. Claudia treats her black patients in the free clinic with the same solicitousness she uses in her private practice. Harald works to make loans for black housing and businesses, now that the end of apartheid has made it not just legal but strongly encouraged. When it was not legal, he obeyed the law while feeling bad about it.
November 2, 1990 |
The changes in her country have been "tremendous," and in some ways quite astonishing. "I began to feel I would never live to see the African National Congress unbanned," said Nadine Gordimer, the novelist who has been called the conscience of South Africa, on a recent visit here. "I thought I would never live to see (Nelson) Mandela and the other leaders out of prison."
October 29, 2006 |
Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, 83, was assaulted in her Johannesburg home by three men who forced her to open a safe and robbed her of cash and jewelry, police said. She did not sustain serious injuries in the Thursday attack, police said, and no arrests have been made. Gordimer was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1991, and is noted for novels and short stories about the inhumanity of apartheid. Several were once banned in her country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1999
Re "The Haves Must Help the Have-Nots," Commentary, Feb 3: Nadine Gordimer made her case with great clarity. We must also remember that we, America, are the world's role model. There's nothing we can do about it and we can't change it. With this unique position, we have obligations which we can't ignore even when there's a price to pay for meeting them. We can't always be me most admired and have friends to support us. Yes, it's sometimes lonely to be a role model, but that's us. MARTIN WILLINSKI Northridge
May 4, 2003 |
Loot And Other Stories Nadine Gordimer Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 256 pp., $23 * Nadine Gordimer turns 80 this year, and South African apartheid, the obdurate block of granite against which she honed her fiction for decades, is gone -- without a trace, it would seem. But this collection of short stories -- Gordimer's first since she won the Nobel Prize in 1991 -- asserts the contrary. Ghosts still haunt the land; evil is vanquished only to assume new shapes.