Nobel laureate Gordimer attacked, robbed

Oct. 29, 2006 at 9:15 AM
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Thieves attacked and robbed 82-year-old Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer in her Johannesburg,South Africa, home.

Authorities said thieves broke into the South African literary icon's home and took cash and jewelry during the daytime robbery, the Sunday Times of London said. Gordimer and a maid, who activated a silent security alarm, were locked in a storage room.

Gordimer received the Nobel prize for literature in 1991. She won the Booker Prize in 1974 for her novel, "The Conservationist."

The robbery at Gordimer's Parktown home Thursday followed reports that homes of two African National Congress cabinet ministers also were robbed, the Times said.

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