Nadine Gordimer is one of South Africa's greatest writers, whose fiction offers a compelling insight into the country's troubled past and complex present.
She has been showered with honours including the Nobel Prize for Literature. She has also faced harassment and condemnation.
Several of her novels were banned by the apartheid regime. Her personal commitment to the liberation struggle never wavered. Stephen Sackur asks her if South Africa today is what she hoped it would be.
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You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Monday 9 May 2011 at 0330, 0830, 1530 and 2030 GMT and on BBC News Channel at 0430 BST and 2330 BST on Monday May 9.