Posts by: Nina Schuyler

No Time Like The Present, by Nadine Gordimer


In Inner Workings J.M. Coetzee writes about his (former) fellow South African writer, Nadine Gordimer: she was highly influenced by Jean-Paul Sartre and Algerian-born Albert Camus. In particular she adheres to Sartre’s view of the writer: “The function of the writer is to act in such a way that nobody can be ignorant of the world and that nobody may say that he is innocent of what it is all about.”

Since her debut collection, Face to Face, in 1949, Gordimer has taken up the role of writer-as-witness to South Africa.