The Fifth Mrs Brink: An interview

They met for the first time at an airport in Austria. André Brink was the famous writer and Karina Szczurek picked him from the airport. The meeting ended in a love affair, that moved on into a marriage, till André passed away on a plane, bringing him back to South Africa. Now his widow has written … Continue reading The Fifth Mrs Brink: An interview


This book is one in a set of three. I have read one book, now the second (no numerological order). The main character of the book is a South African architect, a succesful acrchitect and a well-to-do one. Married with two children and even an au-pair from Europe. One day he wakes up, goes to … Continue reading SPIEËL / MIRROR

ingrid se rooi trui

A poetic ‘trui’. A trui to keep the cold out and the words and sentences and plots in. A trui to invent phrases and to order words to come out of the crevices. A trui in the colour of love and blood. A trui bought by Ingrid Jonker. A trui given to André Brink.  

12 key moments from 2015: the biggest books news of the year

South Africa’s Bookslive has selected 12 key moments out of all the many literary moments in the world of literary moments of the literary Africanity.

the secret love letters of ingrid jonker

They have been set in the light of the literary world and the wider world. The letters and notes and messages that passed between the South African writers André Brink and Ingrid Jonker. Letters of Love. Letters of despair and searching. Letters of reaching out and withdrawing. These ‘postillion d’amour’ pieces have been published now. … Continue reading the secret love letters of ingrid jonker

the heart has spaces

A relationship in words and poems and stories. The relationship between novelist André Brink and poet Ingrid Jonker was stormy. Many letters and notes and telegraphs flowed back and fro.  It all has been put on pages and surrounded by a cover. Karina, the widow of André Brink, writes about this spacious heart.