The Fifth Mrs Brink
|The Fifth Mrs Brink
Karina M. Szczurek
The Fifth Mrs Brink is Karina M. Szczurek’s memoir of her life before, during and after her marriage to André P. Brink. Polish-born Karina was twenty-seven when she met the acclaimed writer, forty-two years her senior, and they spent a decade together.
Here she chronicles their relationship, from their first encounter in Vienna, Austria, and moving across continents to be with each other, to finding calm and stability in their married life in Cape Town, and finally facing the challenges of André’s deteriorating health in the last year of his life.
Reviews, News & Interviews:
If I wanted to truly take care of my and André’s stories, I had to find a home for them elsewhere. Karina Szczurek on writing The Fifth Mrs Brink
When Szczurek and Brink married, she was 29 and he 71. They shared 10 years of married life, never being apart, before he passed away on an aeroplane in 2015. The Johannesburg Review of Books