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Brink, André


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


André P. Brink, novelist, playwright, essayist, internationally renowned anti-apartheid commentator, was born on May 29, 1935 in Verde, South Africa. He attended Potchefstroom University in South Africa, where he earned an MA in Afrikaans in 1958 and another MA in English in 1959. Between 1959 and 1961, he was at the Sorbonne, University of Paris, carrying out postgraduate research in comparative literature. In 1961 he returned to South Africa and started teaching at Rhodes University, where, in 1975, he was awarded a DLitt and in 1980 he became professor of Afrikaans and Dutch literature. Brink's emergence as a writer was as a prominent member of the Sestigers – writers of the 1960s – who had been acclaimed as revolutionary by enthusiasts, given their unprecedented interrogation and transgressions of traditional Afrikaner conceptions of sexual and religious values. The Sestigers had, however, been dismissed by more polemically minded South African critics as socially irrelevant, merely experimentalist, and evasive in their attitude toward apartheid in South Africa. In 1974, Brink's novel Kennis van die Aand (1973) earned the reputation of being the first Afrikaans work to be banned in South Africa. Rejected by his own people, Brink's response was to appeal to the international community by translating the novel into English as Looking on Darkness . The action was momentous for ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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