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Nobel Prize winning author, Nadine Gordimer

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 19 March 2012

Andrew Marr talks to the Nobel Prize winning author Nadine Gordimer. In her latest book she explores the tensions at the heart of a nation struggling to define itself post-apartheid, through the lives of an interracial couple in suburban South Africa. The past and present also collide in the poet Jack Mapanje's attempt to understand why he was arrested by the Malawian secret police, and imprisoned without charge. Richard Dowden looks to the future of Africa to ask whether Chinese investment, an explosion in mobile technology and a growing middle class, means this will be Africa's decade.
Producer: Katy Hickman.


    Nadine Gordimer is a South African writer and political activist. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991.

    'No Time Like the Present' is published by Bloomsbury.

    No Time Like the Present

    Jack Mapanje is a Malawian poet, linguist, editor and human rights activist.

    'And Crocodiles Are Hungry At Night' is published by Ayebia Clarke.

    And Crocodiles Are Hungry At Night

    Richard Dowden is Director of the Royal African Society.

    'Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles' is published by Portobello Books.

    Richard Dowden


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