It was with great sadness that PEN South Africa greeted the news that André Brink had passed away while returning from Belgium, where he had been awarded an honorary doctorate. A prolific and versatile writer, Brink has shaped the course of South African literature for more than fifty years. In his long career he has received numerous honours and awards, both in South Africa, and in the many countries where he is read and cherished. You can read an overview of André’s life and writing here. 

André was a generous man—with his time and his advice and his ability. He was a valued member of PEN South Africa and he will be much missed as a writer and as a friend.  

Condolences to his family and to his wife Karina Magdalena Szczurek.

Margie Orford
President, PEN South Africa