This study guide will help you analyze the short story “The Moment Before the Gun Went Off” by Nadine Gordimer. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it.
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Title: “The Moment Before the Gun Went Off” (1992)
Author: Nadine Gordimer
Genre: Short story
Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014) was a South African writer and activist who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. She was also a joint recipient of the Booker Prize in 1974 for her novel The Conservationist. Her works typically deal with moral and political issues, particularly those pertaining to South Africa, such as apartheid. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement and joined the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned.
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