Skip to main content

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014) received the Booker Prize for her novel The Conservationist in 1974 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Born in South Africa, Gordimer began her publishing career in the United States in the pages of VQR with her story “The Catch,” featured in the Summer 1951 issue. The author of more than thirty story collections, novels, and essays, she was one of the great voices of resistance to apartheid.


An Interview with Nadine Gordimer

March 12, 2007 | Poetry

We’ve got to examine truth. To me, writing, from the very beginning and right until this day, is a voyage of discovery. Of the mystery of life. I am one of those people who have no religious faith, I am an atheist. I believe there is only this life. But this life is so incredible. And early on I found that you think, for instance, you know people, you think you know someone. But the person who is in a different relationship with that person knows a different person. So there are all these facets . . .

The Second Sense

Spring 2007 | Fiction

He was a young D.Phil. from Budapest then—when they emigrated, for reasons nobody here is interested in, there have been so many waves of Europeans, whites moving in on the blacks’ country. Whether this time the instance was escape from Communist rule or the rule that succeeded it in Hungary, is neither here nor there. Soon the country of adoption went through an overturn of regime of its own; victory, and the different problems unvisioned that presents, preoccupied the population long programmed to see themselves only as black and white.