The work of Breyten Breytenbach includes numerous volumes of poetry, novels, and essays, many of which are in Afrikaans, many translated. Two Poems. Breyten Breytenbach. a footnote under the night of history in the night when everything was black burnt to a cross of ash on the blind glass and the. this is the season when the dreamer, swathed in dark remembrances like an infant swaddled in the weavings of night, often sobs in his sleep this is the season.

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Deel eenEmmarentia, essays All One Horse. At the time the days were unthinking and nights long enough to dream Time was for ever. Do you like this poet? After serving breytenhach years of his sentence, Breytenbach was released from prison.

For more guidance, see Wikipedia: I aimed for the innermost moon and rent, moved by the syntax and the slow of sadness and of joy, so I love you, love you so when the blinding comes, the discomposure of silence, it must be high up the hills where hundreds of poor stamp their feet in the dust, and drums and woman voices like this ululating skyline gag the final ecstasy.

Views Read Edit View history. Sometimes with a sudden dove of thrashing in the throat I discovered it again in a box of old papers in the dark windfilled loft of an evacuated house and I tried to remember.

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He is informally considered as the national poet laureate by Afrikaans -speaking South Africans of the region. Breytenbach made his debut breeytenbach a collection of innovative poems in with the publication of Die ysterkoei moet sweet. Skip to main content. He is also known for his works of pictorial arts. He lives in Paris and New York.


Ampie Coetzee was born in Of Love and Other Poems breytem, a collection of poems for his wife that includes images of east Asia, southern Africa, and Morocco. Retrieved from ” https: I aimed for the innermost moon and breytennach, moved by the syntax and the slow of sadness and of joy, so I love you, love you so when the blinding comes, the discomposure of silence, it Spotlighting Pan-African Poetry Biography.

All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge A model attribution edit summary using German: The perfect gift for your loved ones. Many have been translated from Afrikaans to English, and many were originally published in English.

His literary work has been translated into many languages and he has been honoured with numerous literary and art awards. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He is the author of several works of nonfiction, including a four-volume cycle chronicling his experiences in South Africa.

He has exhibited in many countries. Poem his release he returned to Paris where he obtained French citizenship. Skip to Content Skip to Navigation. Thus, more or less, were the trails of the verse which I could not knot to stanzas of sound. In his latest collection of poetry available in the original Afrikaans, English and French, he engaged breeytenbach a nomadic conversation with breytnbach friend, the late Palestine poet, Mahmoud Darwish.

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Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter. Two Poems Breyten Breytenbach. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. He is the father of the French journalist Daphnee Breytenbach. Exact name of German article]]; see its history for attribution. He also holds French citizenship.

this is the season (Breyten Breytenbach)

Breytenbach at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Notes on South Africa’s Failed Revolution”. He studied at the University of Cape Town but left to travel Europe at age 20, settling in Paris in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. At the time, the apartheid regime began censoring literature and other cultural productions, such as music and film.


To translate metaphors is never easy and Breytenbach sometimes makes this task near impossible—for example, the use of two Afrikaans words, almost-homonyms on which the meaning turns. A committed opponent to apartheid in South Africa, Breytenbach established the resistance group Okhela, and from he was a political prisoner in South African prisons serving two terms of solitary confinement.

His committed opposition to apartheid policy compelled him to leave South Africa for ParisFrancein the early s, where he married a French woman of Vietnamese ancestry, Yolande, due to which he was not allowed to return: Selected Poems, — J. Content in this edit is translated from the existing German Wikipedia article at [[: He went on to publish over a dozen books of poetry in Afrikaans and English, including Windcatcher: Delivering Poems Around The World.

This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in Afrikaans. My errings put to sea: Breyten Breytenbach is a South African writer known for his poets and essays engaging with the apartheid and his experiences as a political prisoner.

This page was last edited on 13 Novemberat The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act of and The Immorality Act made it a criminal offence for a white person to have any sexual relations with breytenvach person of a different race. Part of a series on.