December 15, 2009

Nadine Gordimer, PEN International, “the Ultimate Safari” , PEN Català and Rhoda Mashavave

This year you will have to read as part of your reading assignments a short story ,” The Ultimate Safari”,  by Nadine Gordimer, a writer from South Africa, who received the Nobel prize in literature in 1991.  The Story is set in Kruger Park, which is situated between South Africa, Zimbawe and Mozambique.

In order to understand the story you will have to investigate on Nadine Gordimer’s biography, the themes of her novels and her political stand.

In this video you will be able to listen to Nadine Gordimer talking about racism and her experience of growing up as a white person in a society marked by apartheid.

This coming Thursday, Rhoda Mashavave will talk to you about the situation of her country, Zimbabwe.  Her talk shall give you further insight into the themes  Nadine Gordimer presents in her novels and short stories.  You will also have the opportunity to ask her about this writer. It is also worth mentioning that Nadine Gordimer,is one of the vice presidents of   PEN international, an association of writers that promotes literature, freedom of expression and international literary fellowship. The Catalan branch of this association is responsible for hosting and giving support to Rhoda Mashavave.

In this video, you will be able to listen to Nadine Gordimer reading part of the “Ultimate Safari”, in one of the events that took place in 2007 during PEN world voices festival.

Find out more about  Nadine Gordimer by clicking  here

1 Comment »

  1. Nadine Gordimer has born in South Africa and then she goes to Johannesburg. She is an educated person, so she has a great capacity to realise about what was and is happening in her country, there is a heavy racism toward blacks, apartheid.
    Since she was young she feels attracted by writting, so she use the writting to criticize the situation.For exemple we will read a short story written by Nadine that talks us about a 10 years old girl that should escape from South Africa to Mozambique across Kruger National Park, in the book doesn’t specifies the reasons of the conflict in South Africa, but we can imagine.
    Nadine has got a few of things in comun with Rhoda like been activist, writters, women and living in two countries that are suffering conflicts in one racism and int he other repression. Rhodah is reciving help from PEN, because she is a refugee, and Nadine is one of the vice presidents of PEN international. Both are interesting and admirable women.

    Comment by Clara. P — December 15, 2009 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

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