Nadine Gordimer’s The Burger’s Daughter


Nadine Gordimer is an effective writer. So effective, in fact that I have found myself, over the past few days, researching Afrikaner resistance to Afrikaner Nationalism. One of the first books I read that dealt with the subject was 117 days by Ruth First. On the strength of the literature, I found myself questioning whether it was actually possible to have a multi-racial liberation organization in an apartheid type of environment. I thought about the Lovings family of Virginia. I thought of SNCC’s expulsion of the white students and finally, I thought of Steve Biko because in my reading of  Gordimer’s The Burger’s Daughter, something fundamental had changed from her parent’s generation of anti-apartheid activism to hers.

~ by Tichaona Munhamo on April 3, 2012.

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