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The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist

The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist A memoir of Breytenbach s seven years in South Africa s prisons two of them in solitary confinement this book captures the full horror of life in one of the worst penal systems in the world

  • Title: The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist
  • Author: Breyten Breytenbach Rike Vaughan
  • ISBN: 9780156001342
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • A memoir of Breytenbach s seven years in South Africa s prisons two of them in solitary confinement this book captures the full horror of life in one of the worst penal systems in the world.

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    1. Breyten Breytenbach Rike Vaughan

      He studied fine arts at the University of Cape Town and became a committed opponent of the policy of apartheid He left South Africa for Paris in the early 1960s When he married a French woman of Vietnamese ancestry, he was not allowed to return The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act 1949 and The Immorality Act 1950 made it a criminal offence for a white person to have any sexual relations with a person of a different race in the then apartheid South Africa.In France he was a founder member of Okhela, a resistance group fighting apartheid in exile On an illegal trip to South Africa in 1975 he was betrayed, arrested and sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for high treason his work The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist describes aspects of his imprisonment Released in 1982 as a result of massive international intervention he returned to Paris and obtained French citizenship.He currently divides his time between Europe, Africa, and the United States He joined the University of Cape Town as a visiting professor in the Graduate School of Humanities from January 2000 and is also involved with the Gor e Institute in Dakar Senegal and with New York University, where he teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program.

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    1. A memoir of a poet who spent seven years in prison (two of which in solitary confinement) for "terrorism" during apartheid South Africa. If you want a straight "and then this happened, and then that happened" memoir, this is not it. Like I said, Breyten Breytenbach is a poet, and an obtuse one at that, but language is gorgeous, and having it the language so dense and feverish really gives you a feel for what is going on in someone's mind during such a harrowing experience. I also respect his pos [...]


    2. One of the most deep, impressive works of speculative (non)fiction coming out of the prison experience -- South Africa in this case. Breytenbach is a writer gifted with precise observation, explosive prose and deep emotional expanse. He is among my all time favorite writers, and a beautiful painter as well. If you like David Mitchell but want something more personal and at once more political, Breytenbach has the skillz. It's a wonder that he is relatively unknown still, but I would put him in N [...]


    3. Like the Rosetta stone, The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist, is the key to understanding the infamous writer's prison poetry. The book itself has a fascinating history and records the poet's deepest thoughts and emotions as he "expels the darkness" of the violent and traumatic events during his time as an enemy of the state.


    4. For insight into the fascist mind and the prisons it creates, Breytenbach is one of the best writers ever. And one reads not a note of self-pity. Perhaps his genius for observation and poetics kept him sane.



    5. Amazing, genre-bending reflection on the apartheid system, its paranoia, and its methods of crushing dissent. Breytenbach is an amazing writer, and thus, makes the book a fast, engaging read.


    6. Mi ha scosso ed emozionato, oltre a commuovermi.Nel consigliare o meno la lettura, mi vien d'aiuto la postfazione di Maria Teresa Carbone che ho trovato azzeccata e con cui mi sono identificato appieno, cui riporto un passaggio:Ā«Rinchiuso per sette anni, dal 1975 al 1982, nelle prigioni sudafricane per la sua militanza contro l'apartheid e liberato solo in seguito a una campagna cui presto parte intellettuali di tutti i paesi, Breytenbach proietta nel suo testo - al tempo stesso testimonianza, [...]


    7. Breyten Breytenbach is the absolute master of observation better known for his poetry. He writes this book as a memoir of his time spent in prison without any regrets, hate, or judgement. Even though I am not totally for Breyten Breytenbach's views on politics, the apartheid system, or government of old, I can certainly appreciate his substantial talent. He did and does still remain a controversial character in what is called 'The Struggle' and certainly has the ability to make readers pay atten [...]


    8. funny, I don't like his poetry - maybe it translates badly - but this is a nice prison memoir, as prison memoirs go. the way he writes about his wife is beautiful. (cf. especially the moment where he fights with his letter-censors about the proper translation into afrikaans of the french word for 'cunt.' love it!)



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