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Nadine Gordimer

Data di nascita: 20. Novembre 1923
Data di morte: 13. Luglio 2014

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Nadine Gordimer è stata una scrittrice sudafricana, autrice di romanzi e saggi, vincitrice del Booker Prize nel 1974 e del Premio Nobel per la letteratura nel 1991. Nel gennaio 2007 le viene assegnato il Premio Grinzane Cavour per la Lettura.

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„Il deserto è un luogo privo di aspettative.“

— Nadine Gordimer
da Pula!, in The essential gesture, a cura di Stephen Clingman, Cape, 1988

„La verità non è sempre bella, ma la fame di verità sì.“

— Nadine Gordimer
da Vivere nell'interregno, a cura di Stephen Clingman, traduzione di F. Cavagnoli, Feltrinelli, 1990

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„The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.“

— Nadine Gordimer
"Leaving School—II", London Magazine (May 1963)[http://www.thelondonmagazine.org/leaving-school-ii/][http://www.thelondonmagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/May-1963-Cover.jpg]

„Writing is indeed, some kind of affliction in its demands as the most solitary and introspective of occupations.“

— Nadine Gordimer
Context: I certainly find being the recipient at this celebratory dinner more pleasurable and rewarding than chicken-pox, having now in my life experienced both. But the small girl was not entirely wrong. Writing is indeed, some kind of affliction in its demands as the most solitary and introspective of occupations.

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„The best way a writer can serve a revolution is to write as well as he can.“

— Nadine Gordimer
Context: Camus dealt with the question best. He said that he liked individuals who take sides more than literatures that do. 'One either serves the whole of man or does not serve him at all. And if man needs bread and justice, and if what has to be done must be done to serve this need, he also needs pure beauty which is the bread of his heart.' So Camus called for 'Courage in and talent in one's work.' And Márquez redefined tender fiction thus: The best way a writer can serve a revolution is to write as well as he can. I believe that these two statements might be the credo for all of us who write. They do not resolve the conflicts that have come, and will continue to come, to contemporary writers. But they state plainly an honest possibility of doing so, they turn the face of the writer squarely to her and his existence, the reason to be, as a writer, and the reason to be, as a responsible human, acting, like any other, within a social context.

„The process of standing apart and being involved has come.“

— Nadine Gordimer
Context: With adolescence comes the first reaching out to otherness through the drive of sexuality. For most children, from then on the faculty of the imagination, manifest in play, is lost in the focus on day dreams of desire and love, but for those who are going to be artists of one kind or another the first life-crisis after that of birth does something else in addition: the imagination gains range and extends by the subjective flex of new and turbulent emotions. There are new perceptions. The writer begins to be able to enter into other lives. The process of standing apart and being involved has come.

„Being here: in a particular time and place.“

— Nadine Gordimer
Context: Being here: in a particular time and place. That is the existential position with particular implications for literature.

„It is in this sense, this inextricable, ineffable participation, that writing is always and at once an exploration of self and of the world; of individual and collective being.“

— Nadine Gordimer
Context: Like the prisoners incarcerated with the jaguar in Borges' story, 'The God's Script', who was trying to read, in a ray of light which fell only once a day, the meaning of being from the marking on the creature's pelt, we spend our lives attempting to interpret through the word the readings we take in the societies, the world of which we are part. It is in this sense, this inextricable, ineffable participation, that writing is always and at once an exploration of self and of the world; of individual and collective being.

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