André Brink Analysis

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

What crimes does André Brink find that Afrikaners have committed against their own country?

How does Brink enable readers to see how all people allow themselves to act on false impressions of those different from themselves?

In Brink’s view, what should come first in life: the people who are closest to you or the causes in which you deeply believe?

What does Brink see as being his duty as an Afrikaner writer? Is it different from what a writer of any other nationality would envision?

According to Brink, why are Afrikaners not able to fully feel a part of the continent in which they live?

Are Afrikaners in these novels tribal in their thinking?


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Andon-Milligan, Lillian Hilja. “André Brink’s South Africa: A Quality of Light.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 34 (Fall, 1992). A look at the novels that discusses them in relation to the works of Milan Kundera and Richard Rorty.

Jolly, Rosemary Jane. Colonization, Violence, and Narration in White South African Writing: André Brink, Breyton Breytenbach, and J. M. Coetzee. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1996. A good comparative study of the representation of violence and patriarchal oppression in three South African writers.

Kossew, Sue. Pen and Power: A Post-Colonial Reading of J. M. Coetzee and Andre Brink. Atlanta: Rodopi, 1996. A study intended to introduce Brink and Coetzee, and South African literature generally, to a European/American audience.