André Brink

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André Brink
André Brink Portrait.jpg
André Brink in Lyon, France, June 2007
Born (1935-05-29) 29 May 1935 (age 78)
Vrede, South Africa
Occupation Writer
Nationality South African
Notable work(s) A Dry White Season
An Act of Terror
A Chain of Voices

André Philippus Brink, OIS, (born 29 May 1935) is a South African novelist. He writes in both Afrikaans and English and is a Professor of English at the University of Cape Town.

He was born in Vrede.

Went to Lydenburg and Matriculated at Lydenburg High school in 1952 with 7 distinctions, the second student from the then Transvaal to achieve this achievement.

In the 1960s he, Ingrid Jonker and Breyten Breytenbach were key figures in the significant Afrikaans literary movement known as Die Sestigers ("The Sixty-ers"). These writers sought to use Afrikaans as a language to speak against the apartheid government, and also to bring into Afrikaans literature the influence of contemporary English and French trends.

His novel Kennis van die aand (1973) was the first Afrikaans book to be banned by the South African government.[1] André Brink translated Kennis van die aand into English and published it abroad as Looking on Darkness. This was his first self-translation.[2] Since then André Brink writes his works simultaneously in English and Afrikaans.[3]

While Brink's early novels were especially concerned with apartheid, his more recent work engages the new range issues posed by life in a democratic South Africa. Because of his continued roots in Afrikaner culture, Brink is not as well known outside South Africa as his more global contemporary J.M. Coetzee.


For a more comprehensive publication list, see the Afrikaans article on André P Brink.


André Brink


Personal life[edit]

Brink has been married five times. Brink's son, Anton Brink, is an artist.[4]

In 2008, in an eerie echo of a scene from his novel "A Chain of Voices," his family was beset by tragedy when his nephew, Adri Brink was murdered in front of his wife and children in their Gauteng home.[5][6]


  1. ^ Brink, André (11 September 2010). "A Long Way From Mandela’s Kitchen". New York Times. Retrieved 15 October 2012. "One of my novels had the dubious distinction of being the first book in Afrikaans to be banned under apartheid." 
  2. ^ Brink, André (2003): "English and the Afrikaans Writer" in: Steven G. Kellman Switching languages. Translingual writers reflect on their craft. University of Nebraska Press, p. 218.
  3. ^ "A Chain of Voices (review)". Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  4. ^ "anton brink". South African Artists. Archived from the original on 18 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  5. ^ For better or worse The Economist. 12 February 2009
  6. ^ Between staying and going The Economist. 25 September 2008

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