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LOOKING TO THE PRESENT

Nobel Prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, marking her 75th birthday, said on Saturday many South African writers were still coming to terms with the horrors of apartheid and had not moved on to writing about the present.

"South Africans are still obsessed by the apartheid era," Gordimer said at a series of readings at Johannesburg library to mark her turning 75 on Friday. "They are not even looking at the way we are living now.

"I'm waiting to see something about the relationship between a black boss in a big business who has, as his second in command, a white man who thinks he should have his job. That is a story."

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