Please comment on "Once Upon a Time," focusing on the historical context in which it was written.

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To understand this story it is vital to remember that Nadine Gordimer is an author who is South African and much of her fiction explores the various trials and tribulations that her own nation has experienced. Until the 1990s, South Africa was ruled under a system called apartheid, the legal separation of races. Anyone who was not white experienced sanctioned and legal discrimination and were forced to live in "townships" away from where whites lived. Blacks needed "passbooks" to travel through the country. Although this cruel and unjust system ended in...

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