Willie Burger on André Brink in A Journal for African Literature: "Throughout my career, Brink's novels novels provided a kind of guideline and I continue to set one of Brink's novels for first year students, often against resistance. Each year I face all the objections about swear words, graphic sex and alleged blasphemy in these novels. Often I have to face parents (and once even a student's dominee) who are upset about the disturbing effect of Brink's novels on their children."
This is why literature matters and why the novel isn't dead.
Are you a reader? Do you have a dominee? Please, answer the second question first.