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Anti-Apartheid Poet/Writer Breyten Breytenbach to Read

Posted November 3, 2009
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Internationally recognized writer and anti-apartheid fighter Breyten Breytenbach will give a reading on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn.

Breytenbach is a native of South Africa and a distinguished painter, activist and writer of more than 30 books of poetry, numerous novels, short story compilations, essays and dramatic works. A committed opponent of apartheid, Breytenbach established the resistance group "Okhela" for which he wrote the platform. From 1975-1982, 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.

Breytenbach's verse volumes include The Iron Cow Must Sweat (1964) and Footscript (1976). His most recent books are All One Horse (2008), Intimate Stranger (2009) and Mourier (2009). He has taught at the University of Natal, Princeton University, and the University of Cape Town.  The reading is sponsored by the Dean of Faculty and hosted by the English Department and is free and open to the public.

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