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"It is impossible to stop our ears against the excruciating power of what Breytenbach has to say."--Nadine Gordimer"Obviously the greatest Afrikaner poet of this generation. . . . No one elevated the Boer language to such pure beauty and no one wielded it so devastatingly against the apartheid regime as its exiled poet Breyten Breytenbach."-"The New Yorker""All One Horse "is a moving and haunting journey through Breyten Breytenbach's kaleidoscopic imagination. His surreal and psychically charged paintings converse with his philosophical and lyrical prose pieces. The title is a nod to Chuang Tzu, and the writings are infused with glimmers of Eastern thought (as well as glimmers of the other worlds Breytenbach has inhabited).An outspoken human rights activist, Breyten Breytenbach is a poet, novelist, memoirist, essayist, and painter (his paintings and drawings have been exhibited around the world). After years of exile in France, in 1975 he was apprehended during a clandestine trip to South Africa, accused of terrorism for his anti-apartheid activities, and spent seven years in prison. He received the Alan Paton Non-Fiction Award for "Return to Paradise "in 1994 and the Hertzog Prize for poetry in 1999 and 2007.

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 165.1 x 195.58 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • 04 Feb 2010
  • ARCHIPELAGO BOOKS
  • New York
  • English
  • 27 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
  • 0979333075
  • 9780979333071
  • 1,435,869

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Outspoken human rights activist Breyten Breytenbach is a poet, novelist, memoirist, essayist, and painter. After years of exile in France, in 1975 he was apprehended during a clandestine trip to South Africa, convicted for terrorism for his anti-apartheid activities, and imprisoned for seven years. He received the Alan Paton Prize in 1994 the Herzog Prize for poetry in 1999.

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Here is a bargain: the two astonishing talents of Breyten Breytenbach for the price of one, beautifully gift-wrapped free of charge. Sharp words in terse sentences compose brief fables to accompany lovely grotesque allegorical images, often of men with inquiring penises. A book that makes you want to get spanked.--William Gass An immensely gifted writer, able to descend effortlessly into the Africa of the poetic unconscious and return with the rhythm and the words, the words in the rhythm that give life. --J.M. Coetzee Breytenbach's passionate desire to know and serve the truth, whatever it may be and whomever it may offend, is deeply admirable. --"The Washington Post" It is impossible to stop our ears against the excruciating power of what Breytenbach has to say. --Nadine Gordimer [Return to Paradise] is written with a wild heart and an unrelenting eye, and is fueled by the sort of rage that produces great literature. --"The Washington Post" No white South African writer has penetrated as deeply into his own country as Breytenbach--and none has been as successful in the flowering of his art in exile. --Donald Woods

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