Popular South African Writer André Brink dies

The popular South African novelist and playwright, André Brink has died.

79 year old Brink passed away on Friday while returning from Amsterdam, where he received an honorary doctorate from Belgian Francophone Université catholique de Louvain (UCL).

A literature professor at the University of Cape Town, Brink was born on 29th May 1935, in Vrede, a small town in the Free State.

He has written books in both English and Afrikaans, and is renowned in the Afrikaans literary movement Die Sestigers in the 1960s – A group which fought the apartheid government.

A number of his novels were banned by the apartheid government of South Africa, including the 1973 novel Kennis van die Aand, translated to English title ‘Looking on Darkness’ and his 1979 novel, A Dry White Season, which was turned into a film in 1989.

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