ACCLAIMED South African author André Brink received the Grand Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris on Tuesday. It is the highest honour given in the French capital and was awarded by mayor Bertrand Delanoë himself.
Brink‚ a playwright‚ novelist‚ essayist and professor of English at the University of Cape Town‚ has written more than 30 books in both English and Afrikaans. He was extremely influential in bringing classical works of English and French literature into the Afrikaans literary milieu and has more than 60 translations to his name among his many plays and academic papers.
The award is given each year to those who have made significant cultural contributions not just to France‚ but also to the entire world. – BDlive