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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 4, 1991 - Pag7

S. African
awarded
*Nobel
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -
Nadine Gordimer, whose searing
portrayals of human relationships
in the racial maelstrom of South
Africa were denounced as unpatri-
otic by her own government, won
' the 1991 Nobel Prize in literature
yesterday.
The Swedish Academy, which
awarded the prize, said Gordimer's
novels and stories, combining liter-
2 ary artistry and a strong anti-
apartheid message, have been "of
ver great benefit to humanity."
The prize is worth about $1 million.
:Gordimer, 67, who is white, told
:reporters in New York that she
writes about race and morality be-
cause "it's being lived by the people
around me.... This kind of situation
naturally fascinates me."
The African National Congress,
South Africa's country's chief anti-
apartheid movement, of which
Gordimer is a member, hailed the
award.
"In honoring Nadine, one of
South Africa's outstanding writers,
the people of the world pay tribute
to all South Africans who stand for
truth, human dignity and freedom,"
the ANC said.
Some of Gordimer's works,
which include 10 novels and more
tthan 200 short stories, were banned
in the past by 'the white-minority
government. She refused to leave her
homeland, once telling an inter-
viewer that "to go into exile is to
lose your place in the world."
All her works are legal in South
Africa today. Her most recent
novel, published in 1990, is "My
Son's Story," about a married black
man who falls in love with a fellow
activist, a white woman. Her most
recent collection of short stories,
"Jump," was published this year.
The academy singled out "My
Son's Story" for praise, saying,
"The relationship of the lovers is
described with great tenderness. At
the same time, the unyielding polit-
ical reality constantly intrudes."

'U' socialists feel few-

by Karen Pier
Conventional wisdom may have
it that communism is dead, but
campus groups contend that the
conventional wisdom is wrong.
Groups like the Young Social-
ists, SPARK, and Maoist Interna-
tionalist Movement all agree that
the fall of communism in the So-
viet Union has not hurt their cause
and has had little effect on thcm.
Barry Porster, a member of
Young Socialists, said there have
not been any changes in the group's
programs or a decrease in its
membership.
"We didn't have to change.
We're Trotskyists," Porster said.

Trotsky was an early Commu-
nist leader who quarreled with
Stalin and eventually moved to
Mexico after Stalin gained control
of the Soviet Union.
SPARK, another Trotskyist
group, said it also has not seen a
change in attendance levels at its
meetings.
Socialist group members said
that since the Soviet Union is not
truly a socialist or communist
country, the recent changes that
have taken place there following
the failed coup have had little ef-
fect on them.
"The Soviet Union is not a so-
cialist country. Soviet socialism

was defeated afte
capitalistic coup in
has practiced soc
capitalism/imperia
said the free Ma
Movement newsle
Moreover, som

effects from coup t
r Stalin. Since a failure of communism in the Soviet According to these groin,
11953, the USSR Union came as no surprise to them China, Vietnam, and the Soot
ialism in words, since it never had a good basis upon Union are no longer communist.
lism in deeds...." which to build. "The Soviet Union is now
oist International A member of SPARK, who re- declaring itself non-communist to
etter. fused to be identified, said commu- get Western aid," the Maoist In-
ie campus leaders nism never worked in the Soviet ternational Movement said.

said they had welcomed the at-
tempted coup and were disap-
pointed when it failed.
Porster called Russian Presi-
dent Boris Yeltsin and Soviet Pres-
ident Mikhail Gorbachev "so-
called Democrats" and "nothing
but aspiring capitalists."
He also said they are heading
toward a dictatorship.
Other group leaders said the

Union because "you can't build so-
cialism in one country."
"One country (would be) im-
mediately attacked by 14 imperial-
istic armies. Also, the problem (of
imperialism) remains - the prob-
lem the Russian workers fought
against.
"I don't think communism
failed. I don't think communism
was ever tried," he said.

"I don't think there is a com-
munist country anywhere in the
world," the member of SPARK
said.
"We don't have to accept this
society; we don't have to accept
(President) Bush's New World
Order. We think we can create a so-
ciety organized by human need,"
the member said.

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