Saturday 20 January 2018

Novelist Andre Brink dies at 79

South African novelist Andre Brink has died (AP)
South African novelist Andre Brink has died (AP)

Novelist Andre Brink, one of South Africa's most prolific authors, has died, his publishers said today.

The South African Press Association said Brink died aboard a flight travelling from the Netherlands to the city of Cape Town on Friday evening. He was 79 years old.

NB publishers says Brink was nominated for the Nobel Prize for literature several times. It says Brink was twice shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker prize. In 2012, he was again long listed for the Man Booker Prize for the novel Philida.

Brink was part of a group of authors who used the Afrikaans language to oppose the apartheid regime, which banned some of his books.

Brink, who wrote in English and Afrikaans, published his first novel in 1962.

Press Association

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