Breytenbach, Breyten

About Breyten Breytenbach

Biography (South African History Online)

Lory, Georges. "The Rebellious Lives of Poet-Painter-Activist Breyten Breytenbach." The Low Countries, 16 Sep. 2019



Carolin, Andy. "Breyten Breytenbach, A Monologue in Two Voices." Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, vol. 53, no. 1, 2016

Evenson, Brian. "Mouroir: Mirror Notes of a Novel / Voice Over: A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish." Review of Contemporary Fiction, vol. 29, no. 2, 2009

De Waal, Shaun, and Imraan Coovadia. "A Veil of Footsteps: Memoirs of a Nomadic Fictional Character." Biography, vol. 32, no. 1, 2009

Kirby, David. "Needing No Weatherman." The New York Times, 23 Dec. 2007

Fox, Robert Elliot. "The Memory of Birds in Times of Revolution." Research in African Literatures, vol. 32, no. 1, 2001

Coetzee, J. M. "Against the South African Grain." New York Review of Books, vol. 46, no. 14, 23 Sep. 1999

Dorfman, Ariel. "Truth and Reconciliation." New York Times, 12 Sep. 1999 

Adams, Phoebe-Lou. "Dog Heart." Atlantic, Sep. 1999

Macaskill, Brian. "Asia, Africa, and Japan." Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 43, no. 2, 1997

Coetzee, J. M. "Emerging from Censorship." Salmagundi, vol. 100, 1993

Coetzee, J. M.  "A Poet in Prison." New Republic, vol. 192, no. 11, 1985

Gordimer, Nadine. "New Notes from Underground". Atlantic,  Jul. 1984



Hartley, Heather. "A Nomadic Conversation with Breyten Breytenbach." Tin House, vol. 11, no. 1, 2009

Naffis, André. "An Interview with Breyten Breytenbach." PN Review, vol. 36, no. 1, 2009

Johnson, Stephen. "'Let's Survive': An Interview with Breyten Breytenbach." Columbia, vol. 37, 2003

Linfield, Susie. "An Interview with Breyten Breytenbach." Salmagundi, vol. 128-129, 2000

Dimitriu, Ileana. "Approaches to Translation: Interview with Breyten Breytenbach." Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, vol. 9, no. 1, 1997

Brückner, Thomas. "A Life Insurance against Death." Matatu, vol. 11, no. 1, 1994



Viljoen, Louise. "'Straddling Languages': Aspects of the Translational and the Transnational in the Work of Afrikaans Authors Breyten Breytenbach, Marlene van Niekerk and Antje Krog." Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 33, no. 3, 2017

Jacobs, J. U. Diaspora and Identity in South African Fiction, 2016

Nkosi, Lewis. Writing Home: Lewis Nkosi on South African Writing, Stiebel and Chapman (eds.), 2016

Wiegandt, Kai. ""I too Might Once Have Been a Prisoner": Oppressor's Paranoia in J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer and Breyten Breytenbach." Social Dynamics, vol. 39, no. 3, 2013

Ndlovu, Isaac. "Prison and Solitary Confinement: Conditions and Limits of the Autobiographical Self." English Studies in Africa, vol. 55, no. 1, 2012

Lovesey, Oliver. "Detained and African Prison Diaries." Appraches to Teaching the Works of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Lovesey (ed.), 2012

Viljoen, Hein. "Creolization and the Production and Negotiation of Boundaries in Breyten Breytenbach's Recent Work." Nordlit, vol. 13, no. 1, 2009

Coetzee, Ampie. "Breyten Breytenbach." Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, vol. 46, no. 2, 2009

Dimitriu, Ileana. "'Unsettled and Unsettling Others': The 'Double Vision' of Local and Global in Breytenbach's Later Travelogues." English Academy Review, vol. 25, no. 1, 2008

Saayman, Sandra. "The Resurgence of Prison Imagery in Breyten Breytenbach's A Veil of Footsteps." Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 31, no. 1, 2008

Roux, Daniel. "'I Speak to You and I Listen to the Voice Coming Back': Recording Solitary Confinement in the Apartheid Prison." English Academy Review, vol. 22, no. 1, 2005

Coullie, Judith Lütge. "Breytenbach and His Fathers: The Early Poetry." A.K.A. Breyten Breytenbach: Critical Approaches to His Writings and Paintings, Coullie and Jacobs (eds.), 2004

Coetzee, J. M.  "Breyten Breytenbach and the Reader in the Mirror." A.K.A. Breyten Breytenbach: Critical Approaches to His Writings and Paintings, Coullie and Jacobs (eds.), 2004

De Kock, Petrus. "The Minor Literature of Breyten Breytenbach." Animations (of Deleuze and Guattari), Slack and Grossberg (eds.), 2003

Pedri, Nancy. "The Verbal and Visual Mirrors of Postcolonial Identity in Breyten Breytenbach's All One Horse." Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 18, no. 3-4, 2002

Conley, Tim. "Captive Audience: Confession, Fiction, and the South African State." ARIEL, vol. 33, no. 3-4, 2002

Cingal, Guillaume. "'In an Attempt to Erase': Breyten Breytenbach's Prison Writing and the Need to Re-Cover." Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 25, no. 1, 2002

Fludernik, Monika. "The Prison as Colonial Space." Cycnos, vol. 19, no. 2, 2002

Viljoen, Louise. "'A White Fly on the Sombre Window Pane': The Construction of Africa and Identity in Breyten Breytenbach's Poetry." Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies, vol. 22, no. 2, 2001

Lewis, Simon. "Breytenbach." Poetics Today, vol. 22, no. 2, 2001

Viljoen, Louise. "'A White Fly on the Sombre Windowpane': The Construction of Africa and Identity in Breyten Breytenbach's Poetry." Re-Imagining Africa: New Critical Perspectives, Kossew and Schwerdt (eds.), 2001

Sienaert, Marilet. "Ut pictura poesis? A Transgressive Reading of Breytenbach's Poetry and Painting." Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa, vol. 8, no. 1, 1996

Jolly, Rosemary Jane. Colonization, Violence, and Narration in White South African Writing: André Brink, Breyten Breytenbach, and J. M. Coetzee, 1996

Coetzee, J. M. "Breyten Breytenbach and the Censor." De-Scribing Empire, Lawson and Tiffin (eds.), 1994

Renders, Luc. "Arthur Rimbaud and Breyten Breytenbach: Two Authors in Search of Africa." Literature and Travel, Hanne (ed.), 1993

Reckwitz, Erhard. "'I Am Not Myself Anymore': Problems of Identity in Writing by White South Africans." English in Africa, vol. 20, no. 1, 1993

Reckwitz, Erhard. "Breyten Breytenbach's Memory of Snow and of Dust: A Postmodern Story of Identit(es)". Imagination and the Creative Impulse in the New Literatures in English, Bindella and Davis (eds.), 1993

Egan, Susanna. "Breytenbach's Mouroir: The Novel as Autobiography." Journal of Narrative Technique, vol. 18, no. 2, 1988

Lazarus, Neil. "Longing, Radicalism, Sentimentality: Reflections on Breyten Breytenbach's Season in Paradise." Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 12, no. 2, 1986

Roberts, Sheila. "South African Prison Literature." ARIEL, vol. 16, no. 2, 1985




A Veil of Footsteps: Memoir of a Nomadic Fictional Character (2007)

Dog Heart: A Travel Memoir (1998)

All One Horse: Fiction and Images (1989)

Memory of Snow and Dust (1989)

The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist (1983)

Mouroir: Mirror Notes of a Novel (1983)

A Season in Paradise (1980)


Poetry Collections

Voice Over: A Nomadic Conversation with Mahmoud Darwish (2009)

Lady One: Of Love and Other Poems (2002)

Judas Eye (1989)

Buffalo Bill (1984)

In Africa Even the Flies Are Happy (1978)

And Death White as Words (1978)

Sinking Ship Blues (1977)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

"Modernities & Our Inner Africas." Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, vol. 55, no. 1, 2018

"Drinking Moon: An Illusion of Selves." Raritan: A Quarterly Review, vol. 33, no. 3, 2014

"Dancing With Words to Trace the Rhythm of Sense: The Zbigniew Herbert Award 2017 Ceremony." Werkwinkel, vol. 12, no. 2, 2012

"The Returns." Harper's Magazine, vol. 319, no. 1912, 2009

"Looking for the Road." Virginia Quarterly Review, vol. 84, no. 1, 2008

"The Writer and Responsibility." African Literature: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, Olaniyan and Quayson (eds.), 2007

"Africa and the World." PEN America, 2007

With Benjamin Barber, Martha Nussbaum, et al. "JIHAD. MCWORLD. MODERNITY. Public Intellectuals Debate 'The Clash of Civilizations'". Salmagundi, vol. 150/151, 2006

"Africa Asides." Black Renaissance, vol. 4, no. 1, 2002

Memory of Birds in Times of Revolution (1996)

"Cold Turkey." The Writer in Politics, Gass and Cuoco (eds.), 1996

"The Shattered Dream." The African Past and Contemporary Culture, Reckwitz et al. (eds.), 1993

Hart-Lam (1991)

"The Long March From Hearth to Heart." Social Research, vol. 58, no. 1, 1991 

End Papers (1985)