André Brink

(b. 1935) South African novelist, short-story writer, and dramatist

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(1935– ),

South African novelist and playwright, born in Vrede, who writes in both English and Afrikaans. He became professor of English literature at the University of Cape Town in 1991. His novels, which encountered troubles with the censor in South Africa because of their open criticism of apartheid, include Looking on Darkness (1974), banned by the South African government for its portrayal of a coloured actor's passionate affair with a white woman; Rumours of Rain (1978); A Dry White Season (1979); A Chain of Voices (1982); States of Emergency (1988), a love story set within the context of national violence; An Act of Terror (1991); and The Other Side of Silence (2002), which explores the plight of a young German girl shipped to South West Africa in the early 20th cent.

Subjects: Literature.

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