Nobel prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer dies at 90

Zee Media Bureau/Anindita Dev

New Delhi: The South African Nobel-prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, passed away at the age of 90, her family said on Monday.

Gordimer took her last breath at her Johannesburg residence on Sunday evening in presence of her family members.

The author was born in Gauteng, South Africa, in 1923 and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.

Gordimer’s first book was `The Soft Voice of the Serpent` (1952), a collection of short stories. Her work mostly reflected that of exile and alienation. She wrote about the disturbing effects of apartheid in the lives of South Africans.

She actively participated in the anti-apartheid movement, and had even joined the African National Congress during the days when the organisation was banned. She was also actively involved in the HIV aids campaign and worked passionately towards it.

Thus, her death is not just a loss for the literary world but also to mankind.

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