Alert! The Medaille Grand Vermeil De La Ville Award, the highest decoration of the city of Paris, has been bestowed on André Brink by the Parisian major.
The author of the 2012 Man Booker Prize longlisted Philida, is in the city for the France-South Africa season where he’s taking part in discussions about Albert Camus, post-apartheid South Africa and his own writing.
Congratulations to Brink!
Red Pepper Books broke the news on Twitter:
André Brink received the Medaille Grand Vermeil De La Ville Award from the mayor of Paris yesterday! Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/W6Padbo5ee
— Red Pepper Book Co. (@RedPepperBooks) October 9, 2013
If your French is not too bad, have a look at the following article on the honour that was bestowed on Brink:
En cette fin de mandat, un air de Soul Makossa semble planer sur la mairie parisienne. Ce mardi 8 octobre, à partir de 18 h 45 dans les salons de l’Hôtel de Ville, le maire Bertrand Delanoë remettra la Médaille Grand Vermeil de la Ville de Paris à l’écrivain sud-africain André Brink. Après le musicien camerounais Manu Dibango, décoré le mois dernier, la capitale récompense un autre artiste aux vibrations provenant du continent africain. La cérémonie aura lieu en présence de l’élu, mais également celles de Catherine Camus et Bruno Julliard.
André Brink received the Medaille Grand Vermeil De La Ville Award from the mayor of Paris, yesterday on 8 October 2013. This is the highest decoration of the city of Paris, and is given to leading figures who have an important influence.
Brink is the guest of honour at the following three events in France as part of the France-South Africa season, which was organised by the libraries of Paris:
- Tribute to Albert Camus with André Brink and Catherine Camus on 8 October 2013
- What is the future for South Africa after apartheid on 10 October 2013
- Conversation with André Brink on 11 October 2013