Breytenbach's first visit to South Africa, after thirteen years in exile, is more than just a dazzling travelogue. He is searching for a "paradise" that coincides with the geography, mysticism, and mythologies of Africa, but in reality his homeland is an often hellish region of racial discrimination and bigotry. Introduction by André Brink. Translated by Rike Vaughan.
BREYTEN BREYTENBACH was born in Bonnievale, South Africa, and divides his time between France, Spain, Senegal, and New York City. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at New York University.