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Breyten Breytenbach

Breyten Breytenbach is a South African poet, painter, novelist, playwright, essayist and human rights activist. He has written about his experiences in South Africa in a four-volume cycle of books: A Season in Paradise (1973), The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist (1983), Return to Paradise (1991), and Dog Heart: A Memoir (1999). His poetry books include The Iron Cow Must Sweat (1964) and Footscript (1976). He has been a visiting professor in the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at NYU since 1999.


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