Mouroir: Mirrornotes of a Novel

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-01
  • Publisher: Random House Inc
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"Yet this is not a prisonerrs"s book. It would be a crass injustice of underestimation and simplification if it is presented and received that way. It describes how the ordinary time-focus of a manrs"s perceptions can been extraordinarily rearranged by a definitive experience. . . . Prison irradiates this book with dreadful enlightenments; the dark and hidden places of the country from which the book arises are phosphorescent with it."-Nadine Gordimer"A complex, demanding, haunting book. . . . The blend between fantasy and reality, the lyric intensity of a narrative consciousness which refuses to be pinned down to one identity or a single mode of existence."-John Wideman"Breytenbach has the gift of being 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. CoetzeeAn outspoken human rights activist, Breyten Breytenbach is a poet, novelist, memoirist, essayist, and visual artist. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited around the world. Born in South Africa, he immigrated to Paris in the late rs"60s and became deeply involved in the anti-Apartheid movement. Breytenbach is the author of All One Horse , A Season in Paradise , The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist , Dog Heart , and The Memory of Birds in Times of Revolution , among many others. He received the Alan Paton Award for Return to Paradise in 1994 and the prestigious Hertzog Prize for Poetry for Papierblom in 1999 and for Die Windvanger ( Windcatcher ) in 2008.

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