André Brink – We Bid You Farewell

09 Feb 2015

It was with great sadness that PEN South Africa greeted the news that André Brink passed away while returning from Belgium where he had been awarded an honorary doctorate. A prolific and versatile writer, he has shaped the course of South African literature for more than fifty years. In his long career he has received numerous honours and awards, both in South Africa, and in the many countries where he is read and cherished. (Here is a link that gives an overview of his life and writing).

André was a generous man – with his time and his advice and his ability. He was a valued member of PEN South Africa and he will be much missed as a writer and as a friend.

Condolences to his family and to his wife Karina Magdalena Szczurek.

Margie Orford
President, PEN South Africa