The title of this book is Dog Heart and is written by author Breyten Breytenbach. The book Dog Heart is published by Faber & Faber. The ISBN of this book is 9780571200665 and the format is Paperback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Dog Heart by Breyten Breytenbach.
(218mm x 136mm x 16mm)
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An obsessive, passionate memoir of the African National Congress activist and author, which is steeped in violence, haunted by memory, and throbbing with the dangers and possibilities of language. Breytenbach (The Memory of Birds in Times of Revolution: Essays, 1996, etc.) joined the exiled African National Congress in Paris in the late '60s. He was caught in South Africa in 1975, and sentenced to nine years in prison, of which he served seven. His memoir is an attempt to work through the destructive and creative processes of memory, which both create us as individuals and define us as communities - a particularly timely theme for a South Africa undergoing the painful healing brought on by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Breytenbach begins by announcing that he is dead and continuously makes connections between death, writing, and the imagination. Memory is the process of uncovering new landscapes, which always involves the destruction of the previous ones - he figures the violence associated with the process in the recurrent image of an angry dog with blood-covered teeth. He repeatedly cautions us that our memories are constantly being mixed with those of others, and we must be careful which stories we choose to listen to. The theoretical aspects of the memoir take precedence over the story of Breytenbach's life; it is more a memoir of place than of persons. He begins by describing the annual wine festival in his native Bonnievale, South Africa, and then moves on to the estate of the daughter of Alex Boraine (co-chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee), and then to the Muscadel festival in Barrydale, where he is greeted by Nelson Mandela. It's his ability to relate the stories of everyone that he encounters along the way that transforms this memoir from a simple travel narrative into a complex web of experiences that add up to a description of a community. A thoughtful and richly allegorical description of postapartheid South Africa. (Kirkus Reviews)
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