n English in Africa - Nadine Gordimer : the Mandela myth and black empowerment in post-apartheid South Africa

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



The dialectic between history and myth-making is central in Nadine Gordimer's writing on Nelson Mandela. Deeply fascinated herself by the (South African) myth of Mandela as the Saviour, and even apparently occasionally subscribing to it, Gordimer, in her non-fictional work as in her fiction, consistently seeks to illuminate the circumstances that nurtured the myth, while rigorously privileging history and locating Mandela's significance in the province of politics.

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