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Book Title: A Chain Of Voices|
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The author of the book: André Brink
Edition: Fontana Paperbacks
Date of issue: 1982
ISBN 13: 9780006540014
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Andre Brink wrote this book in a raw and earthy style that mirrors the life in the Cape of Good Hope during the early years, when the Dutch and the British were vying for control of this strategic colony. The story is written from the points of view of all of the various characters in many different voices, so that the inner thoughts of all are laid bare. It is a tale frought with the personal miseries, dreams, aspirations and sufferings of the characters, each at their own level, according to their social status. The message being that we cannot escape what is our due and that your own personal suffering is no better or worse than the most or least privileged of our species. Brink has achieved the seemingly impossible: an in depth glimpse at what white men did to each other and to the indigenous peoples of South Africa. Yet the reader is unable to identify the antagonist(s) in the story since all of the characters are victims of their own station, each paying their dues in suffering at equal levels of intensity.
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Read information about the authorAndré Philippus Brink was a South African novelist. He wrote in Afrikaans and English and was until his retirement a Professor of English Literature at the University of Cape Town.
In the 1960s, he and Breyten Breytenbach were key figures in the Afrikaans literary movement known as Die Sestigers ("The Sixty-ers"). These writers sought to use Afrikaans as a language to speak against the apartheid government, and also to bring into Afrikaans literature the influence of contemporary English and French trends. His novel Kennis van die aand (1973) was the first Afrikaans book to be banned by the South African government.
Brink's early novels were often concerned with the apartheid policy. His final works engaged new issues raised by life in postapartheid South Africa.
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