N. Gordimer;…”Ebony and Ivory”

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“Art defies defeat by its very existence, representing the celebration of life, in spite of all attempts to degrade and destroy it”. Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer (born 20 November 1923) is a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature

Gordimer’s early interest in racial and economic inequality in South Africa was shaped in part by her parents.

“When I began to write as a very young person in a rigidly racist and inhibited colonial society, I felt, as many others did, that I existed marginally on the edge of the world of ideas, of imagination and beauty. These, taking shape in poetry and fiction, drama, painting and sculpture, were exclusive to that distant realm known as ‘overseas'”. Nadine Gordimer

Her first novel, ‘The Lying Days’, was published in 1953.

“The truth isn’t always beauty, but the hunger for it is”. Nadine Gordimer

The South African government banned several of her works, two for lengthy periods of time. ‘The Late Bourgeois World’ was Gordimer’s first personal experience with censorship; it was banned in 1976 for a decade by the South African government.

‘A World of Strangers’ was banned for twelve years. Other works were censored for lesser amounts of time.

South African photographer Hannes Lochner

‘Burger’s Daughter’, published in June 1979, was banned one month later; the Publications Committee’s Appeal Board reversed the censorship of Burger’s Daughter six months later, determining that the book was too one-sided to be subversive. Gordimer responded to this decision in Essential Gesture (1988), pointing out that the board banned two books by black authors at the same time it unbanned her own work.

“Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever”.  Nadine Gordimer

South African photographer Hannes Lochner

‘July’s People’ was also banned under apartheid, and faced censorship under the post-apartheid government as well: In 2001, a provincial education department temporarily removed ‘July’s People’ from the school reading list, along with works by other anti-apartheid writers,[describing July’s People as “deeply racist, superior and patronizing“—a characterization that Gordimer took as a grave insult, and that many literary and political figures protested.

“Being here: in a particular time and place. That is the existential position with particular implications for literature”. Nadine Gordimer

Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side my side on my piano keyboard, oh lord why don’t we

We all know that people are the same wherever you go
There is good and bad in everyone
When we learn to live
We learn to give each other what we need to survive
Together alive

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side my side on my piano keyboard, oh lord why don’t we

Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory

We all know that people are the same wherever you go
There is good and bad in everyone
We learn to live when we learn to give each other
What we need to survive, together alive

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony
Side my side on my piano keyboard, oh lord why don’t we
Side my side on my piano keyboard, oh lord why don’t we

Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony
Ebony, ivory, living in perfect harmony

Stevie Wonder – Ebony And Ivory

Nadine Gordimer by David Levine

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