HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NADINE GORDIMER,SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHOR AND NOBEL LAUREATE!

” COMMUNISTS ARE THE LAST OPTIMISTS. ”

Nadine Gordimer.

NADINE GORDIMER,THE SOUTH AFRICAN AUTHOR AND NOBEL LAUREATE ,TURNS 89 TODAY.SHE WAS BORN ON NOVEMBER 20, 1923 IN THE EAST RAND MINING TOWN NEAR JOHANNESBURG.SHE GOT SEVERAL PRESTIGEOUS AWARDS,INCLUDING THE BOOKER PRIZE IN 1974 FOR HER MASTERPIECE , ‘THE CONSERVATIONIST’ AND THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE IN 1991.
APART FROM BEING A FAMOUS AUTHOR, SHE HAS ACTIVELY BEEN INVOLVED IN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVISM AND WAS A LEADING MEMBER OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS PARTY WHICH SHE JOINED IN EARLY 60s AS PART OF HER SUPPORT FOR ANTI-APARTHEID MOVEMENT.

NADINE GORDIMER IS PRIMARILY A NOVELIST AND HAS WRITTEN AROUND 16 NOVELS SO FAR : THE FIRST BEING ,’THE LYING DAYS’ (1953) AND ‘NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT’ BEING HER LATEST WHICH PUBLISHED IN APRIL THIS YEAR.
SHE ALSO WROTE A GOOD DEAL OF SHORT-STORIES AND ESSAYS.

HER MAIN FOCUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON THE RACIAL DIVISION AND THE RESULTANT ENDEMIC DISCRIMINATION,ISOLATION,ALIENATION !LOVE AND A SENSE OF BELONGING OR THE LACK THEREOF ALSO REMAIN A SUB-THEME OF HER WRITING.
HER LUCID STYLE,HER PRECISION AND CLARITY ARE HER HALLMARKS !

SADLY,THE HOPES PLUS EXPECTATIONS THAT NADINE GORDIMER, LIKE OTHERS,HAD FROM THE INDEPENDENT SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT,WERE NOT MET POSITIVELY AND THAT HAS RESULTED IN A DEEPLY DISTURBING DISILLUSIONMENT AND AT TIMES,ANGER!THE WORKS PUBLISHED, AFTER SOUTH AFRICA GOT INDEPENDENCE IN 1994, ARE FULL OF DISILLUSIONMENTS AND A SENSE OF LOSS THAT SET IN DUE TO THE GLARING FAILURES OF THE ESTABLISHMENT AND THE FRUSTRATION THEREOF !!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY,NADINE GORDIMER !

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MRITYUNJAY JHA
SAMASTIPUR
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INDIA.
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