Farewell Andre Brink: A man who said no to the certitudes of power

Rand Daily Mail | Ben Williams:


Author who was banned for his refusal to hide the truth from white South Africans was a giant of SA fiction

Aandré Philippus Brink, the celebrated novelist, academic and critic of apartheid, died on Friday on a flight back to South Africa from Belgium, where he had received an honorary doctorate. He was 79.

The author of more than 20 works of fiction, nearly all published in both English and Afrikaans, and many translated widely, Brink was born in Vrede, in the then Orange Free State, in 1935.

After a seminal period in Paris in his 20s, he rose through the ranks of world literature, often approaching but never quite achieving its summit. He was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize twice, and his name was regularly mentioned in conjunction with the Nobel prize for literature. Both accolades ultimately remained beyond reach…


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