Examining Apartheid Era Reflections in Nadine Gordimer ‘Burger’s Daughter’

  • S. Naga Padma


Nadine Gordimer’s writing emerges from the background of colonially controlled South Africa. In my paper I explore the resist of the protagonist to long for an Identity of her own wherein she is recognized as an individual and not labeled as Burger’s daughter. Her novel Burger’s Daughter (1974) focuses on the protagonist’s quest for an autonomous self and an independent identity. This novel did not result only of a fascination, but it is a post Soweto novel. It was written after the Soweto uprising in the 1970s, set against the momentum of the rushing Black Consciousness Movement. The time projected in this novel involved intense political activity. Burgher’s Daughter explores the file of the only surviving Relative of a prominent leader of the revolt - Lionel Burger’s only daughter – RosaBurger. The novel therefore provides a close insight into the life of the Communistleader, from the domestic viewpoint and from the perspective of his daughter.

 Keywords: emerges, colonial, conscious, identity, life, movement, political, protagonist.