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South African Edition of Telling Times: Writing and Living 1950-2008 by Nadine Gordimer

Telling TimesNadine GordimerNadine Gordimer’s life reflects the true spirit of the writer as moral activist, political visionary and literary icon.

Telling Times, now available in South Africa, collects together all her non-fiction for the first time, spanning more than half a century, from the twilight of colonial rule in South Africa, to the long fight to overthrow the apartheid regime and to her leadership role in confronting the dangers of AIDS, globalisation, and ethnic violence.

The range of this book is staggering, from Gordimer’s first piece in The New Yorker in 1954, in which she autobiographically traces her emergence as a brilliant, young writer in a racist country, to her pioneering role in recognising the greatest African and European writers of her generation, to her truly, courageous stance in supporting Nelson Mandela.

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