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André Brink

André Brink in Lyons, France, June 2007
Born 29 May 1935 (1935-05-29) (age 74)
Occupation Writer
Nationality South African
Notable work(s) A Dry White Season, An Act of Terror, The Other Side of Silence

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.

André Brink's early novels were often concerned with the apartheid policy. His more recent work engages new issues raised by life in post apartheid South Africa.

Brinks' son, Anton Brink, is an artist.[1]



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



  • The Ambassador
  • Looking on Darkness
  • An Instant in the Wind
  • Rumours of Rain
  • A Dry White Season
  • A Chain of Voices
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  • The Wall of the Plague
  • States of Emergency
  • An Act of Terror
  • The First Life of Adamastor (1993)
  • On the Contrary
  • Imaginings of Sand
  • Devil's Valley
  • The Rights of Desire
  • Anderkant die Stilte (2002), translated as The Other Side of Silence
  • Before I Forget (2004)
  • The Other Side of Silence (2004)
  • Praying Mantis (2005)
  • The Blue Door (2006)
  • Other Lives (2008)



  1. ^ "anton brink". South Africian Artists. Retrieved 2008-06-27.  

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