Nadine Gordimer Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Nadine Gordimer Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Until 1991, when the last of South Africa’s apartheid laws was repealed, to be personally liberated and to be South African was to be doomed to a continuing struggle between the desire for further freedom and development for oneself and the desire for the liberation of the country’s oppressed masses. The question was whether one could pursue both effectually. South Africa was a nation in which a white legislature promulgated laws that made it impossible for the overwhelming majority of nonwhite persons to advance themselves. Apartheid, which in Afrikaans means “apartness,” was the law of the land. It became codified after the Nationalists came to power in 1948.

In her novels, Nadine Gordimer is engaged in an...

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