What kind of novel is this book by the late South African writer André Brink? Is it a historical novel? Is it a psychological novel? Is it a thriller? Is it a political statement? Is it ….? This beautiful novel can be read in many ways. You can peel off layer after layer. You may … Continue reading review AN INSTANT IN THE WIND
Should I have remembered the name ‘Cupido Kakkerlak’ or ‘Cupido Cockroach’? I now know I came across his name several times when I read a book written by Ido Enklaar on the Dutch scholar and missionary Johannes Theodorus van der Kemp (1747-1811). In The Netherlands he founded a missionary society and he himself, after having … Continue reading review PRAYING MANTIS
A boxing glove hit my stomach at full speed. It left me with a sick feeling and a painful head. The glove came with a name and the hand in it came with a name. ‘A dry white season’ and ‘André Brink’. The South African writer Brink passed away in 2015 when he was on … Continue reading Review A DRY WHITE SEASON
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
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.