Nadine Gordimer dies at 90

Nobel laureate and writer Nadine Gordimer has died at the age of 90, reports said on Monday.

She died peacefully in her sleep at her Johannesburg home on Sunday, law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs said in a statement on behalf of the Gordimer family.

This was according to EyeWitnessNews and Channel24.co.za.

Gordimer was born near Springs in 1923. She was a stauchly left-wing author and friend of Joe Slovo and Ruth First, two leading South African communists.

She wrote novels and short stories in which the narrator often launched into political tirades against white South Africans. She was awarded the Nobel prize in Literature in 1991.

Her novels did not sell well in her native country, but were appreciated in New York and London where critics lauded them for their political themes.

In one of her novels, July’s People, she predicted a dystopian future in which whites would be mercilessly slaughtered by blacks, including passenger planes that would be shot down with missiles. In the book a white family is protected and looked after by their former black servant, named July.