YA Eco Mysteries, Memoirs, Novels & Travel
Nadine Gordimer, renowned South African writer, political activist, and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature passed away, 13 July, 2014 at the age of ninety. Gordimer authored fifteen novels and a dozen short story collections. For me, this sad news resonates with special meaning. Although I spoke to her only once, briefly over the telephone, there are intriguing coincidences between her origins and mine.
Nadine Gordimer was born in 1923, in a dusty mining town near my hometown of Johannesburg. She was in her twenties during WWII, and when the South African apartheid government was voted into power in 1948. In my memoir, Behind The Walled Garden of Apartheid: Growing Up White in Segregated South Africa, I write: Read More...
The Unintended Consequences of Apartheid
The passing of Nelson Mandela prompted me to reflect on how the great statesman’s had changed the trajectory of my life. See blog: Mandela Influenced Our Lives. In 1965, partly as a result of the unrest caused by the struggle against apartheid, spearheaded by Mandela, we made the momentous decision to leave South Africa, the country of our birth, to make a new home in the United States. At the time we believed that South Africa was on the brink of a bloody revolution. This critical decision spawned unfortunate consequences. A cousin, who still lives and works in South Africa, poignantly summarizes the situation