In her exquisitely crafted short stories, and novels such as The Conservationist, Burger's Daughter and July's People, Nadine Gordimer explored the distortions imposed on ordinary human relationships by oppressive social systems like that of apartheid in her own South Africa.
Her fiction was repeatedly banned by the South African government, but in the pages of her books, readers around the world experienced the reality of a society built on injustice. While her work behind the scenes for the freedom struggle remained unknown for many years, her published writings made her the literary conscience of South Africa.
With the coming of multiracial democracy to South Africa, Nadine Gordimer applied her imagination and formidable powers of observation to a new reality, exploring the legacy of her country's tragic past and the ironies and contradictions of its dynamic future. In 1991, her life achievement was recognized with the Nobel Prize in Literature.