André Philippus Brink (born 29 May 1935 in Vrede) is a South African novelist. He writes in Afrikaans and English and is a Professor of English at the University of Cape Town.
In the 1960s he and Breyten Breytenbach were key figures in the 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 ("Knowledge of the night") (1973) was the first Afrikaans book to be banned by the South African government.
Brink writes his works simultaneously in English and Afrikaans.
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.
Brinks's son, Anton Brink, is an artist.
This interview was conducted by Sabine Cessou** At 75, André Brink, together with Nadine Gordimer and John Maxwell Coetzee (Laureates of the Nobel Prize for Literature), is one of the greatest South African writers. All three are white, but profoundly marked by apartheid — a regime that they relentlessly combated in their literary work. While J.M. Coetzee left South Africa in 2002 to settle in Australia, André Brink, on the other hand, presents his decision to remain living in the Cape as an...
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