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Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 140

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A World of Strangers is only one of the many literary gems that have won for Nadine Gordimer tremendous critical acclaim since she made her debut with The Lying Days (1953). In 1978, Gordimer was elected an honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, whose citation reads: “The brilliance with which she renders her varied characters has opened her country to passionate understandings which most of us have no other access to.” Among her other awards are England’s Booker Prize and the 1986 Bennett Award for distinguished achievement in the short story and novel.

Gordimer’s writing is engaging, moving, refreshing, and above all, lasting. Her compelling moral vision, which she so forcefully articulates in A Guest of Honour (1970), Burger’s Daughter (1979), and A World of Strangers, serves as a luminous beacon for readers throughout the world.