Breyten Breytenbach

A native of South Africa, Breyten Breytenbach is a distinguished painter, activist, and writer of poetry, novels, short-stories, essays, and dramatic works.

From 1975 to 1982, he was a political prisoner serving two terms of solitary confinement in South African prisons. His most renowned work is the four-volume memoir of this odyssey: A Season in Paradise, The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist, Return to Paradise, and Dog Heart: A Memoir.

Breytenbach’s poetry collections include The Iron Cow Must Sweat, Footscript, and Lady One.

His paintings portray surreal human and animal figures, many of which are shown in captivity. He has exhibited his artwork in cities around the world, including Johannesbu

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