(born 1939) – South African writer, poet, essayist and painter; one of the most valued creators in the Afrikaans language.

He studied fine arts at the University of Cape Town. Because of his strong opposition to the policies of apartheid, he had to emigrate to Paris in 1960. In 1970, the publishing of his works was banned in South Africa. During an illegal attempt to visit South Africa in 1975, he was arrested and sentenced to seven years in prison for terrorism. Released from prison in 1982 as a result of international intervention, he emigrated to Paris and accepted French citizenship.

Breytenbach’s work contains poetry collections, including Die ysterkoei moet sweet (1964) and Voetskrif (1976), novels inspired by his prison experiences Mouroir: Mirrornotes of a Novel (1983), The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist (1985), as well as A Season in Paradise (1976) about his homeland, Return to Paradise (1993), the essays and memoirs Dog Heart (1999). The Polish translations of Breytenbach’s poems were collected in Cały czas [All of Time] (1980, translation: Andrzej Dąbrówka).

Breyten Breytenbach, Travel Refrain. Selected Poems

Publisher: Fundacja Miasto Literatury

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