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RIP Chris Barnard (1939 – 2015)

Chris Barnard

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Afrikaans author and dramatist Chris Barnard has died at the age of 76, according to reports.

Netwerk24 reports that Barnard died of a heart attack in the early hours of Monday morning.

Barnard was born in Nelspruit in 1939. He matriculated in 1957 and completed a BA degree in 1960 at the University of Pretoria. He worked as a journalist for 17 years and as a scriptwriter and film producer between 1978 and 1994. He began farming macadamias in the Lowveld in 1995.

Barnard was one of the most important Sestigers, mainly because of his great versatility. He wrote novels, novellas, columns, youth novels, short stories, plays, radio dramas, essays, film scripts and television dramas. Barnard published over 30 books and received several literary awards, including a brace of Hertzog Prizes, and translated Chinua Achebe and Ernest Hemingway into Afrikaans.

His most recent English publication, Bundu, was first published in Afrikaans over a decade ago, and was met with critical acclaim and commercial success. It was translated by Michiel Heyns, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

His Afrikaans psychological thriller classic, Mahala, was released in English in 2009.

Barnard leaves behind his wife, Katinka Heyns, and his sons Simon, Johan, Stephan, Tian and Reghard.

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