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oa Alternation - Breyten Breytenbach's memory of snow and of dust- a postmodern story of identiti(es)

Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757

 

Abstract

Marcel Proust once remarked that most authors, throughout their creative careers, continue writing or rewriting one and the same basic book. This is particularly true of the South African poet, painter and novelist Breyten Breytenbach who in 1990 was awarded the CNA prize-perhaps the most prestigious literary prize in South Africa and as such late recognition for an author living in exile for more than twenty years. His prize-winning novel (if it can be called that at all) Memory of Snow and of Dust1 reveals itself even at first sight as being another poetic or narrative reworking of his obsessive preoccupation with exile and imprisonment respectively, both of which he had to undergo, plus the attending problems of identity the exiled or imprisoned subject is necessarily exposed to.

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2019-08-18

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