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Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became a powerful voice against apartheid

Published on Jul 15, 2014 10:47 AM
This file photo taken on Aug 28, 1990 shows South African author and anti-apartheid activist Nadine Gordimer posing during the Elie Wiesel Foundation Conference in Oslo on "The Anatomy of Hate". -- PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday.

Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, died at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane, a statement from the family said. "She cared most deeply about South Africa, its culture, its people and its ongoing struggle to realise its new democracy."

Regarded by many as South Africa's leading writer, Gordimer published novels and short stories steeped in the drama of human life and emotion of a society warped by decades of white-minority rule.

Many of her stories dealt with the themes of love, hate and friendship under the pressures of the racially segregated system that ended in 1994, when Nelson Mandela became South Africa's first black president.

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