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In a telegram dated 29 April 1963, thirty-year-old Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker thanks André Brink, a young novelist of twenty-eight, for flowers and a letter he sent her. In the more than two hundred letters that followed this telegram, one of South African literature’s most famous love affairs unfolds. Jonker’s final letter to Brink is dated 18 April 1965. She drowned herself in the ocean at Three Anchor Bay three months later.
More than fifty years on, this poignant, often stormy relationship still grips readers’ imaginations.
In December 2014, three months before his death on 6 February 2015, André Brink offered these never-before-seen letters, as well as personal photographs, for publication.
Hierdie boeiende versameling kortverhale bevat skryfwerk van ervare misdaadskrywers en bekendes in ander genres. 'n Reeks geslepe misdadigers kom te staan teen hul ewekniee aan die ander kant van die gereg: polisiemanne, privaatspeurders of net doodgewone mense in ongewone omstandighede. Met verhale deur o.a. Karin Brynard, Kerneels Breytenbach, Bettina Wyngaard, Martin Steyn, Jacques Steenkamp, Nathan Trantraal en Deborah Steinmair. Saamgestel deur Rudie van Rensburg.
"The novel, Brink argues, is not about representation but the
self-conscious play of language. From its inception, he suggests,
the genre has been about the act of writing and self-reflection.
This thesis is not new but is part of the currency of postmodern
literary theory. Brink, himself a noted South African novelist, the
author of some 12 books, including "A Dry White Season" (1984), and
a university professor, brings the insight of an insider. He
surveys 15 celebrated novels, historically arranged from "Don
Quixote" and "La Princesse de Cleves" to A.S. Byatt's "Possession"
and Italo Calvino's "If on a Winter Night a Traveller" examining
each in terms of its play with writing and language. His
discussions are marked by clarity, insight, and comprehension. A
"What a treat to explore the novel as a genre through the lucid
eyes of AndrA(c) Brink, himself one of the world's foremost
novelists! I particularly enjoyed the way in which the most
traditional novels were revealed as contemporary and entirely
The postmodernist novel has become famous for the extremes of its narcissistic involvement with language. In this challenging and wide-ranging new study, AndrA(c) Brink argues that this self-consciousness has been a defining characteristic of the novel since its inception. Taking as his starting point "the propensity for story" embedded in all language, he demonstrates that the old familiar novels may be the more startlingly modern, while postmodernist texts remain more firmly rooted in convention.
From the beginnings of the genre with Don Quixote, through "classic" novels of theeighteenth and nineteenth centuries and modern and postmodern texts of the twentieth, Brink performs a sweeping analysis of 500 years of the novel, including "Moll Flanders," "Emma," "Madame Bovary," "The Trial," "One Hundred Years of Solitude," and "Possession," As an internationally recognized novelist, he brings a unique critical eye and enthusiasm to his exploration of the genre, offering the reader a refreshing and rewarding introduction to the novel and narrative theory.
As startling and powerful as when first published more than two decades ago, Andre Brink's classic novel, "A Dry White Season," is an unflinching and unforgettable look at racial intolerance, the human condition, and the heavy price of morality.
Ben Du Toit is a white schoolteacher in suburban Johannesburg in a dark time of intolerance and state-sanctioned apartheid. A simple, apolitical man, he believes in the essential fairness of the South African government and its policies—until the sudden arrest and subsequent "suicide" of a black janitor from Du Toit's school. Haunted by new questions and desperate to believe that the man's death was a tragic accident, Du Toit undertakes an investigation into the terrible affair—a quest for the truth that will have devastating consequences for the teacher and his family, as it draws him into a lethal morass of lies, corruption, and murder.
Jan Wentzel, verhaleredakteur van Die voorpunt, kry te make met Marié Hurter, ’n aspirant-skrywer wat maar net nie wíl aanvaar dat haar liefdesverhaal afgekeur is nie. Jan het hoë ideale en neem sy werk ernstig op, maar ’n probleem ontstaan. Hoe gemaak as hy nou ook ’n ogie op Marié het? Of voer dié ondeunde rooikop iets in die mou?
In Die rooikop en die redakteur en ander stories bring H&R vroeë verhale deur een van Afrikaans se belangrikste skrywers in een band byeen. Vóór die Sestiger-beweging, etlike literêre pryse en internasionale aansien het André Brink sy loopbaan begin as skrywer van humoristiese stories en spannings- en liefdesverhale in gesinstydskrifte. Die vermaaklike stories in dié bundel het gedurende die 50's in die tydskrifte Die huisgenoot en Die brandwag verskyn. Dié bundel kombineer Brink se eiesoortige sin vir humor met ’n tikkie nostalgie – perfek vir ’n ouer én nuwe geslag lesers. Saamgestel deur Cecilia van Zyl, voormalige verhaleredakteur van Die huisgenoot.
Winter in South Africa - a time of searing drought, angry stirrings in Soweto, and the shadow of the Angolan conflict cast across the scorched bush. Martin Mynhardt, a wealthy Afrikaner, plans a weekend at his old family farm. But his visit coincides with a time of crisis in his personal life. In a few days, the security of a lifetime is destroyed and, with only the uncertain values of his past to guide him, Mynhardt is left to face the wreckage of his future.
Ben du Toit is an ordinary, decent, harmless man, unremarkable in every way - until his sense of justice is outraged by the death of a man he has known. His friend died at the hands of the police. In the beginning it appears a straightforward matter, an unfortunate error that can be explained and put right. But as Ben investigates further he finds that his curiosity becomes labelled rebellion - and for a rebel there is no way back.
The year is 1832 and the Cape is rife with rumours about the liberation of slaves. Philida is the mother of four children by Francois Brink, the son of her master. Francois has reneged on his promise to set her free and his father has ordered him to marry a white woman from a prominent family, selling Philida on to owners in the harsh country in the north. Unwilling to accept this fate, Philida tests the limits of her freedom by setting off on a journey. She travels across the great wilderness to the far north of Cape Town - determined to survive and be free. LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2012.
&?Brink writes feelingly of South Africa-the land, the black,
the white, the terrible beauty and tragedy that lies therein.&?
THE BOOK: A narrative counterpoint between two women, two South Africas. Kristien Muller returns from London to her homeland to fulfil a promise. Her grandmother lies on her deathbed unleashing a turmult of myth, legend and brute fact. Confronted by the realities of a land hurtling towards change, Kristien discovers that the present holds its own moments of savagery. A searing panorama of South Africa's experience, reminiscent in its political & imaginative scope of Marquez's One Hundred Years Of Solitude.
As a small child in a wintry Bremen, Hanna dreams about the other side of silence, the place where the wind comes from and palm trees wave in the sun. Seeing her chance to escape from years of abuse in an orphanage and in service, Hanna joins one of the shiploads of young women transported in the early years of the twentieth century to the colony of German South-West Africa to assuage the needs of the male settlers. Following atrocious punishment for daring to resist the advances of an army officer, she arrives in a phantasmagoric refuge in the African desert - 'prison, nunnery, brothel, shithouse, Frauenstein'. When the drunken excesses of a visiting army detachment threaten her only companion, Hanna revolts. Mounting a ragtag army of female and natives, she sets out on an epic march through the desert to take on the might of the German Reich.
This apocalyptic journey through the darker regions of the soul will also reveal to her the hidden meanings of suffering, revenge, companionship, love and compassion.
"Brink blends history with invention and African myth . . . This bloody fable, rooted in bloody reality, is one of Brink's most powerful works."-"Los Angeles Times Book Review
When Flip Lochner, a seedy, tired journalist fleeing a failed
marriage, sees a beautiful woman with four breasts in Devil's
Valley, he thinks it's a mirage. But then a man called Lukas Death
stands before him. So begins Lochner's search for "the truth" first
hinted at by a young student in Cape Town who was mysteriously
killed. Lochner meets Lukas Death's clan, where righteousness
prevails by day and depravity by night, where punishment for
misdemeanors is summary, yet brutal murderers walk unscathed.
Nothing in Devil's Valley is as it seems: the supernatural is an
ingredient of every day, the living and the dead are never quite
separate, the grotesque coexists with the banal.
When expatriate Afrikaner Kristien Muller hears of her
grandmother's impending death, she ends her self-imposed exile in
London and returns to the South Africa she thought she'd escaped.
But irrevocable change is sweeping the land, and reality itself
seems to be in flux as the country stages its first democratic
elections. Kristien's Ouma Kristina herself is dying because of the
upheavals: a terrorist attack on her isolated mansion has
terminally injured her. As Kristien keeps vigil by her
grandmother's sickbed, Ouma tells Kristien stories of nine
generations of women in the family, stories in which myth and
reality blur, in which legend and brute fact are confused, in which
magic, treachery, farce, and heroism are the stuff of the
day-to-day. Imaginings of Sand is the passionate tale of a nation
discovering itself and of the women who pioneered that
In his early years, growing up on a Dutch farm in the deep interior of the southern African Cape, Cupido Cockroach became the greatest drinker, liar, fornicator and fighter of his region. Coming under the spell of a woman, the soap-boiler Anna, and the great Dr Johannes Theodorus van der Kemp of the London Missionary Society, Cupido is then made the first Khoi or 'Hottentot' missionary ordained at the Cape of Good Hope. Received into the fold of the Church, Cupido passionately turns against all his early beliefs and is appointed as missionary in a remote and arid region in the North-western Cape. But this also marks the beginning of his decline, as the Society abandons him to his fate. One by one, the members of his congregation disappear into the desert, so that in the end, abandoned even by his wife and children, he is left to preach to the stones and thorn trees and tortoises, returning to the dream-world of his people.
Chris Minaar is a distinguished South African writer who has lost
his gift for the word. That is, until, he meets Rachel, a woman
destined to become the great love of his life, a love greater for
It is 1825 and high in the mountains of South Africa a group of slaves stand accused of the murder of their owner, Nicolass van der Merwe, a wealthy Afrikaner farmer. Galant, the van der Merwe family's chief hand, is held leader of the murderous band. Raised with the two sons of the house, it was not until adulthood and rivalry over Hester, orphaned daughter of a tenant farmer, that he realised their different roles, their unequal futures and opposed stations in life. "A Chain Of Voices" stands as a prophetic lesson - when hopes of freedom from slavery are dashed, and when promises of equal treatment are broken, an escalating spiral of bitterness, resentment, and finally, explosive violence is inevitable.
Flip Lochner is a weary and disillusioned newspaper crime reporter. Curious to find out more about the origins of a casual acquaintance, he descends into Devil's Valley where, like Dante's Virgil, he encounters a bewildering array of mysterious characters and events that lead him to reevaluate the world in which he lives and which he thought he knew. Fusing invention and reality, magic realism and earthy humour, Lochner's adventures in the valley centre around the journey he undertakes to discover the truth about the elusive and erotic figure of Emma, one of Brink's most remarkable creations.
Estienne Barbier, born in the Loire Valley in 1699, lays claim to service in the armies of the kings of France and Prussia, but he is an inveterate liar, and the truth is less glorious: irate husbands have made the Lowlands too hot to hold him, and he has deserted his pregnant wife to stow away for the Cape of Good Hope. An expedition to the hinterland opens his eyes to the majesty of the African landscape and its wondrous animals and he is enchanted by the rumour of a fabled city of gold. But he also begins to see clearly the sordid dealing that underlies the self-righteous pomposity of the East India Company. It is a vision that makes him powerful enemies. Taking cover on a remote farm, and energetically consoling sundry widows, Barbier finds himself, to his own surprise, fomenting rebellion.
`A massive apartheid thriller centred on a plot to blow up none other than the State President outside the gates of Cape Town Castle. . . Brink at his robust and imaginative best' - Adam Low, Daily Telegraph. A profound novel set in South Africa that combines compelling action with an intellectual confrontation of the author's poitically volatile home country. A brave masterpiece from Booker Prize shortlisted, award-winning author Andre Brink.
THE FIRST LIFE OF ADAMASTOR has it origins in an act of rescue: what, wondered Andre Brink, lay behind fragments of myth that have been handed down about the mountains of the Cape? Adamastor, the Titan whose body, legend has it, formed the rocks of the Peninsula, first appears in European literature in the sixteenth century - much about the time of the first known contact between seagoing European explorers and the natives of Southern Africa. How Brink asks, would that meeting have looked from the landward side? What role would the visitors take in the mythology of an utterly different culture, with its own deities, its own accumulated story? The result is an extraordinary creation, moving, richly inventive, unashamedly ribald and potentially explosive. Hunting for the source of the fissure that, from that first encounter, runs through the country to this day. Andre Brink hs unearthed from the sun-carved land itself the missing meanings of a myth that has waited five centuries to be invented.
Andre Brink grew up in the deep interior of South Africa, as his magistrate father moved from one dusty dorp to the next. With searing honesty he describes his conflicting experiences of growing up in a world where innocence was always surrounded by violence.
While living in Paris in the sixties, the tragedy of Sharpeville crystallised his growing political awareness and sparked the decision to return home and oppose the apartheid establishment with all his strength. This resulted in years of harassment by the South African secret police, in censorship, and in fractured relationships with many people close to him. Equally it led to extraordinary friendships sealed by meetings with leaders of the ANC in exile in both Africa and Europe.
Andre Brink tells the story of a life lived in tumultuous times. His long love affair with music, art, the theatre, literature and sport illuminate this memoir as do relationships with remarkable women, among them the poet Ingrid Jonker, who have shared and shaped his life, and encounters with people like Ariel Dorfman, Anna Netrebko, Nadine Gordimer, Gunter Grass, Beyers Naude, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Above all, A Fork in the Road is a love song to the country where he was born, and where, despite its recent troubles and tragedies, he still lives.
Cruelty and passion are evoked in this luminous story of a slave
rebellion set in a remote part of South Africa in 1825. At its
heart is the confrontation between two men: one white, the other
black; one master, the other a slave; two brothers joined as
friends and torn asunder as adults in their tragic struggle for
freedom. Based on the actual slave revolt and published
simultaneously in Afrikaans and English, A Chain of Voices spans
three generations of the living and the dead.
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