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    Two Signed First Editions, Including the Nobel Laureate's First Book and First Novel

    Nadine Gordimer. Two Signed First Editions, including: Face to Face. Johannesburg: Silver Leaf Books, [1949]. First edition. Signed by Gordimer on the title page. Small octavo. 164 pages. Publisher's silver-stamped blue cloth. Minor rubbing to dust jacket. Fine. Gordimer's first book, a collection of short stories, published in her native South Africa. [and:] The Lying Days. London: Victor Gollancz, 1953. First edition. Signed by Gordimer on the title page. Small octavo. 367 pages. Publisher's gilt-stamped red cloth. Dust jacket has only very minor shelf wear and the expected darkening to spine and fore-edges. Near fine. Gordimer's first novel, likely autobiographical, the story of a white girl growing up in the divided society of South Africa.

    Born in 1923, Nadine Gordimer is a South African writer and political activist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991.

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    She became active in the anti-apartheid movement from an early age and even joined the African National Congress when the government deemed it an illegal organization. Her published works are often political, and, unsurprisingly, they were frequently banned in South Africa. When she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, it was noted that "her magnificent epic writing has - in the words of Alfred Nobel - been of very great benefit to humanity."

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