Burger's Daughter is a political and historical novel by the South
African Nobel recipient Nadine Gordimer (pictured), first published in
the United Kingdom in 1979 by Jonathan Cape. Banned in South Africa for
three months by the Publications Control Board, the book follows a group
of white anti-apartheid activists who seek to overthrow the South
African government. Rosa, the title character, comes to terms with her
father's legacy as an activist in the South African Communist Party.
Gordimer was involved in the anti-apartheid movement and knew many of
the activists, including Bram Fischer, the defence lawyer at Nelson
Mandela's treason trial; she has described the book as a "coded homage"
to him. The novel was generally well received by critics; a review in
The New York Review of Books described the style of writing as "elegant"
and "fastidious", belonging to a "cultivated upper class". In 1980 it
won the Central News Agency Literary Award. When Gordimer won the 1991
Nobel Prize in Literature, Burger's Daughter was one of the books cited
during the awards ceremony.
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