Blog posts tagged with 'south africa'

In Memoriam: Nadine Gordimer
Africa has lost yet another of its unique literary voices. Nobel Prize-winning novelist Nadine Gordimer passed away in Johannesburg on July 13, leaving behind over two dozen works of fiction as well as personal and critical essays. Many of Gordimer’s ambitious novels led her deep into the heart of South Africa’s conflict over apartheid. The Conservationist, Gordimer's subtle Booker Prize-winning novel, portrays a wealthy South African industrialist who struggles to preserve his way of life, his power and his possessions in the face of massive injustice. 
Nelson Mandela
“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination,” he told the court. “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live for and to see realized. But my lord, if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” The world lost a well-traveled soul at the end of last year. Nelson Mandela, who we are commemorating as we move into 2014, passed away on December 5, 2013. Though imprisoned on Robben Island for close to three decades, Mandela traveled further in his 95 years than many of us who have always known the freedoms he fought for ever will.