Born: 20 November 1923, Springs, South Africa
Residence at the time of the award: South Africa
Prize motivation: "who through her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity"
Prize share: 1/1
South African Nadine Gordimer wrote from an early age, and published her first story at 15. Her works comprise novels and short stories in which the consequences of apartheid form the central theme. Some of her books have at times been banned in her native country. She depicts extremely complicated personal and social relationships in her environment, putting the face of racism before the readers.