Media release

Government saddened by the death of literary giant

14 July 2014

14 Jul 2014

Government is deeply saddened by the passing away of Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer and offers its deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Gordimer, who died at the age of 90, was a political activist and a legendary author.  Her writing embodied her passion for the demise of apartheid, and focused on themes of love, hate and friendship under the pressures of the racially segregated system. She published her first book at the age of 15.

Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi, said “South Africa has lost a voice that is revered across the globe for her literary command and impact. Gordimer leaves behind a collection of important work that influenced many South Africans.  She told the story that was not allowed to be told, and paved the way for great voices against the rule of apartheid.”

“We remember authors for the stories they tell and the many ways their words can entertain, enlighten and inspire us. The death of Nadine Gordimer leaves us with a sense of loss, but she will always be with us through her works,” said Muthambi.

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