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A fork in the road : a memoir

Author: André P Brink
Publisher: London : Harvill Secker, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Andre Brink grew up in the deep interior of South Africa, as his magistrate father moved from one dusty dorp to the next. With searing honesty, he describes his conflicting experiences of growing up in a world where innocence was always surrounded by violence. From an early age he found in storytelling the means of reconciling the stark contrasts of his world - between religion and play-acting, between the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Brink, André Philippus, 1935-
Fork in the road.
London : Harvill Secker, 2009
(OCoLC)649158599
Named Person: André P Brink; Brink; André Philippus Brink; André P Brink
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: André P Brink
ISBN: 9781846552441 1846552443 9781846552458 1846552451
OCLC Number: 267225143
Description: 438 p., [16] p. of plates : ports. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: André Brink.

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From his conflicting childhood experiences in South Africa, to his discovery in 1960s Paris of a wider artistic life, followed by his decision to return home and oppose the apartheid establishment,  Read more...

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schema:reviewBody""Andre Brink grew up in the deep interior of South Africa, as his magistrate father moved from one dusty dorp to the next. With searing honesty, he describes his conflicting experiences of growing up in a world where innocence was always surrounded by violence. From an early age he found in storytelling the means of reconciling the stark contrasts of his world - between religion and play-acting, between the breathless discovery of a girl called Maureen and the merciless beating of a black boy, between meeting with a dwarf who lived in a hole in the ground and an encounter with a magician who threatened to teach him what he hadn't bargained for." "While living in Paris in the sixties his discovery of a wider artistic life, allied to the exhilaration of the student uprising of 1968, confirmed in him the desire to become a writer. At the same time, the tragedy of Sharpeville crystallised his growing political awareness and sparked the decision to return home and oppose the apartheid establishment with all his strength. This resulted in years of harassment by the South African secret police, in censorship, and in fractured relationships with many people close to him. Equally it led to extraordinary friendships sealed by meetings with leaders of the ANC in exile in both Africa and Europe." "Andre Brink tells the story of a life lived in tumultuous times. His long love affair with music, art, the theatre, literature and sport illuminates this memoir as do relationships with remarkable women, among them the poet Ingrid Jonker, who have shared and shaped his life, and encounters with people like Ariel Dorfman, Anna Netrebko, Nadine Gordimer, Gunter Grass, Beyers Naude, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. Above all, A Fork in the Road is a love song to the country where he was born, and where, despite its recent troubles and tragedies, he still lives."--Jacket."
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