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Andre Brink
Lifetime Achievement Literary Award
 André Philippus Brink is one of the most prominent figures in South African literature and a writer of immense talents.Born in Vrede in the Free State on 29 May 1935, Brink studied at Potchefstroom University and the Sorbonne in Paris.

He has taught Afrikaans and Dutch literature at Rhodes University in Grahamstown (1961 -1990) and English literature at the University of Cape Town among others. Brink is an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Cape Town.

He was one of a new generation of Afrikaans writers known as Die Sestigers (“The Sixty-ers”) whose declared aim was “to broaden the rather too parochial limits of Afrikaner fiction”.

His impressive body of work includes the novels Lobola vir die lewe (1962) and Kennis van die Aand (1973). The latter was the first Afrikaans novel to be banned under the harsh censorship laws of the apartheid state. Brink has published close to 20 English novels, among them A Dry White Season (1979) and Praying Mantis (2005).

His numerous awards include the CNA Award for Literature (in both English and Afrikaans), the Sunday Times Award for Fiction, the Prix Médicis Etranger, the Martin Luther King Memorial Prize and the Commonwealth Prize for Literature (Africa region).

Initially, Andre Brink’s oeuvre was mainly concerned with apartheid but his more recent work is generally regarded as postcolonial.

He was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award by the South African Literary Awards, a project of the wRite associates in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture and Sowetan.

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