An Analysis of Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer

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An Analysis of Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer

By | June 2011
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Date:20.04.2011

Country Lovers by Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer is a South African novelist and political activist.She was born in November 20,1923 in a small mining town called Springs in South Africa to Isidore and Nan Gordimer.Her parents were both Jewish immigrants and from an early age she questioned her identity as a member of the minority white population in South Africa.She attended a Catholic Convent School but due to her mother’s ‘unusual’ assuptions that she was too weak to school,she did not attend school regularly.She started writing at an early age and published her first stories in 1937 at the age of fifteen. Gordimer studied for a year at the University of the Witwatersrand, but she did not complete her degree, and moved to Johannesburg in 1948, where she has lived ever since. The arrest of her best friend encouraged Gordimer's entry into the anti-apartheid movement. She became active in South African politics, and was close friends with Nelson Mandela. In 1954, she married Reinhold Cassirer, a well known art dealer and they remained married until Cassirer’s death in 2001.Gordimer has a daughter and a son. Today Gordimer is known as one of the most exceptional novelists and short story writers being published in English.She published fourteen novels and nineteen collections of short stories.Her first published work was a short story for children, "The Quest for Seen Gold," and "Come Again Tomorrow," another children's story, published around the same time. She collected her early short stories in Face to Face, published in 1949. Her writing has long dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly apartheid1 in South Africa. For a time some of Gordimer’s work was banned in South Africa for outspoken political views. In 1951, the New Yorker published her story ‘A Watcher of the Dead’. Gordimer's first novel, The Lying Days, was published in 1953. In 1954, The Late Bourgeois World was Gordimer's first...