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15 Jul 2014
8:03 am

Gordimer a treasure – Tutu

Nobel laureate and writer Nadine Gordimer was a literary treasure, and a modest and humble human being who contributed magnificently to her country, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Monday.

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 28, 1990 shows South African author and anti-apartheid activist Nadine Gordimer (R) and German author Gunter Grass attending the Elie Wiesel Foundation Conference in Oslo on "The Anatomy of Hate". Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, died at the age of 90 at her home in Johannesburg on July 13, 2014, her family said. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MORTEN HVAAL

“Nadine Gordimer had the extraordinary talent of writing exquisitely about the awful circumstances in which South Africans lived under apartheid, in a way that resonated with readers around the world,” Tutu said in a statement.

“She presented her stories in an unthreatening and accessible way, subtly and believably igniting the flicker of anti-apartheid consciousness in the legions of her diverse readers.

“Many of us will miss her gentle illuminating presence sorely. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.”

Earlier on Monday, law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs said in a statement on behalf of the Gordimer family: “Her son Hugo and daughter Oriane and her caring helpers were with her… A private memorial service will be announced at a later date.”

It said she died “peacefully in her sleep at home in Johannesburg on Sunday”.

Gordimer was 90 years old.