The fiction of the South African writer, Nadine Gordimer, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991 and died at age 90 in 2014, remains relevant to us today. In her writings, Gordimer contrasts the natural beauty of her homeland with the corrosive social condition of apartheid’s white privilege based on black oppression. A prominent intellectual and activist, Gordimer was a friend and advisor to Nelson Mandela. Her insights into human ambiguity, combined with what Alfred Nobel called "magnificent epic writing," challenges and captivates her readers. We will read two novels and a selection of Gordimer's essays and short stories to experience the range of her artistry and political voice. We will begin with The Conservationist (Penguin Books, 1983) a novel that "exposes the delusions of apartheid through the character of a rich white businessman turned dilettante farmer." Our second novel will be Burger's Daughter (Penguin Books, 1980), a book banned by the South African government that deals with the price to be paid by activism and has been called "one of the few truly great political novels." Please join us in entering the world of Nadine Gordimer, with its intense focus on exploring the depths of our lives.