Contrary: Critical Responses to the Novels of André Brink by Willie Burger and Karina Magdalena Szczurek
01 Mar 2013
André Brink is one of South Africa’s most prolific, influential, and internationally distinguished writers. This compilation includes twenty essays written in English and Afrikaans by some of the leading critics of his oeuvre. It strives to be indicative of the kind of research undertaken on Brink’s work and to give insight into a variety of its aspects, focusing primarily on his novels and their reception. Published since the late 1980s, the criticism collected in this volume looks at Brink’s approach to the genre and its narrative techniques. It also contextualises Brink’s writing in relation to existentialism, (post)colonialism, myth-making, magic realism, representations of gender and sexuality, the dialectic of history and fiction, the picaresque tradition, and the tensions between memory, narration and identity.
Contributors include: Johan Anker, Lianne Barnard, Mathilda Bothma, Monica Bungaro, Willie Burger, Neil Cochrane, Ampie Coetzee, Isidore Diala, Heilna du Plooy, A.J. Hassall, Peter Horn, Ute Kauer, Godfrey Meintjes, Richard Peck, Jochen Petzold, Henriette Roos, Christell Stander, H.P. van Coller, Louise Viljoen, Marita Wenzel and Nicholas Wroe.
Date of Publication: March 2013
Publisher: Protea Book House