We pay tribute to the South African writer

By Stephan Lee
Updated July 18, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

A Voice of Freedom
South African writer Nadine Gordimer’s work was so honest and incisive that her most lauded novels — including Burger’s Daughter and July’s People — were banned in her home country because of their depiction of life under apartheid. She was one of the first people Nelson Mandela met with after he was released from prison in 1990, and when she received the Nobel Prize in Literature the following year, the Swedish Academy said her ”magnificent epic writing” had provided a ”very great benefit to humanity.” She died peacefully in Johannesburg on July 13 at the age of 90.