Search Results: "André Brink"


BOOK REVIEW

STATES OF EMERGENCY by André Brink
Released: May 17, 1989

Philip Malan is a South African professor who finds himself in over his head with a young graduate assistant, Melissa. Read full book review >

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PHILIDA by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Extraordinary."
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this tale of slavery, identity and the wages of sin is based in part on Brink's (A Fork in the Road, 2009, etc.) family history. Read full book review >

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ISLANDS by Dan Sleigh
by Dan Sleigh, translated by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Even so, Sleigh crafts a monumental tale about momentous events on the edge of the known world, an effort resulting in a major contribution to modern South African literature."
A sprawling historical charts the 1650 arrival of the Dutch in what is now South Africa and limns the troubles that followed. Read full book review >

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THE RIGHTS OF DESIRE by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"A readable but clumsy primer on desire's insistence on living fully, whatever the outcome."
Anti-apartheid author Brink (Devil's Valley, 1999, etc.) has adapted to the new dispensation with stylistically experimental novels. But his latest, except for an awkward trace of magical realism, more conventionally details the painful lessons an old man learns when he falls in love. Read full book review >

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ON THE CONTRARY by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 1994

"Disappointing."
South African novelist Brink (Cape of Storms, 1992, etc.) again revisits the past to tell a picaresque tale that is also a heartfelt but clumsy mea culpa. Read full book review >

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DEVIL'S VALLEY by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"Evocative, but too fraught and busy to cohere. (Author tour)"
South African novelist and journalist Brink (Reinventing a Continent, 1998, etc.) offers a literary smorgasbord that's part myth, part allegory, and part conventional love story as he tells of a reporter's visit to a sinister community. Read full book review >

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OTHER LIVES by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"While at times a bit facile and almost overly clever, an ultimately fascinating commentary on race and identity."
A realistic book with surrealistic twists that allows the author to explore themes of race in contemporary South Africa. Read full book review >

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BEFORE I FORGET by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Cloying and pretentious."
A famous, progressive, aging South African writer salutes all the women he has loved in this latest from the famous, progressive, aging South African Brink (The Other Side of Silence, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF SILENCE by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"Intellectually and morally pretentious."
A didactic, overearnest allegory about the evils of colonialism and male chauvinism—in a story set in Germany and the former German colony of South West Africa, now Namibia. Read full book review >

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AN ACT OF TERROR by André Brink
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Disappointing."
A pretentious megabook with mega themes from South African novelist Brink, already somewhat overtaken by events in South Africa and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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CAPE OF STORMS by André Brink
Released: June 1, 1993

"Brink has wittily created a splendid new myth in which primal emotions expand in a magical landscape—one rich in local allusions and profound foreshadowing and, in keeping with the genre, suitably bawdy."
Novella-length fable from South African writer Brink (An Act of Terror, 1989, etc.) that playfully suggests a mythic origin for his country's entangled cultures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"As a record of liberal white South African thought ten years ago, this is a peerless collection, but by almost any other criteria, most of these essays—with a few notable exceptions—are fast slipping into irrelevance."
Like slightly stale bread, these essays (most from the 1980s and early 1990s) by one of South Africa's leading novelists examining the role of that country's literature have seen better days. Read full book review >