South Africa

Nadine Gordimer, author against apartheid

Some of the most powerful political activists have been authors. Using their gift of words, they persuaded their readers to take a more careful look at the problems that beset society. In Victorian England, Charles Dickens called attention to the plight of the poor. Rachel Carson started the modern environmental movement with her 1962 book Silent Spring. The Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa...

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