Reading Nadine Gordimer through ' My Father Leaves Home'
Nadine Gordimer is a white South-African writer and political activist. She is most well renowned for being awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991.
Having been born and raised in South Africa, the very seat of apartheid, her works deal with the "moral and psychological tensions of her racially divided home country". Not only was her literature instrumental in speaking out against the racial discrimination and political oppression prevalent in South Africa but she also played an active role in the anti-apartheid movement and was a member of the African National Congress.
Gordimer's literary works and her political work cannot be seen separately as they are interdependent. When the Royal Swedish Academy announced Gordimer's prize, it said, "Gordimer writes with intense immediacy about the extremely complicated personal and social relationships in her environment."