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Author photo. André Brink at The International Forum on the Novel, Lyon, France.  Photo by Seamus Kearney / Wikimedia Commons.

André Brink at The International Forum on the Novel, Lyon, France. Photo by Seamus Kearney / Wikimedia Commons.

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André Brink was born on May 29, 1935 in Vrede, South Africa. He studied English and Afrikaans at the University in Potchefstroom and comparative literature in Paris. He was a South African writer and educator. He became a part of a group of writers known as Die Sestigers upon returning to South Africa in the 1960s. The group aimed to broaden Afrikaner fiction by writing about sexual and moral matters and the failings of the traditional political system. His books included Rumors of Rain, Looking on Darkness, A Dry White Season, and States of Emergency. Some of his books were banned in South Africa. He became a professor of Afrikaans and Dutch literature at Rhodes University and professor of English at the University of Cape Town. He has received the 1980 Martin Luther King Prize, the 1980 French Prix Medicis Etranger, and the 1982 Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur. He was shortlisted for the Booker Prize twice and nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature on several occasions. He died on February 6, 2015 at the age of 79. (Bowker Author Biography)
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A Dry White Season 717 copies, 23 reviews
An Instant in the Wind 307 copies, 6 reviews
A Chain of Voices 295 copies, 2 reviews
Philida 258 copies, 16 reviews
Rumours of Rain 220 copies, 5 reviews
Imaginings of Sand 209 copies, 4 reviews
The Other Side of Silence 190 copies, 1 review
Devil's Valley 181 copies, 4 reviews
Looking on Darkness 161 copies, 2 reviews
The Rights of Desire 160 copies, 5 reviews
An Act of Terror 157 copies, 1 review
The Wall of the Plague 154 copies, 2 reviews
Before I Forget 121 copies, 1 review
The Ambassador 116 copies, 3 reviews
Praying Mantis 110 copies, 6 reviews
On the Contrary 108 copies, 1 review
States of Emergency 83 copies, 1 review
A Fork in the Road: A Memoir 71 copies, 4 reviews
Other Lives 45 copies, 8 reviews
The Blue Door 42 copies, 5 reviews
Lobola Vir Die Lewe 12 copies, 1 review
Orgie 4 copies
Potpourri 1 copy
Pavane 1 copy
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André Brink, a major South African writer whose work has shaken conscience and culture in Afrikanerdom, contributed significantly to the cause against apartheid. With democracy, he now sees no further need to be overtly political in his writing and feels a new freedom to write whatever he feels like.
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