She released her first story at age 15. Her fiction has tended to learn more about the impact of apartheid on the lives of South Africans, with a few of her work being prohibited in her home country on account of its criticisms of the system. Her novels and short story collections include The Conservationist (1974), Crimes of Conscience (1991) and Get a Life (2005). Gordimer won the 1991 Nobel Prize for Literature, among a number of accolades and honours. She died in Johannesburg on July 13, 2014.