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Notes from the middle world

Author: Breyten Breytenbach
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Haymarket ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2009.
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"In dialogue with the dead and living - Nelson Mandela, Mahmoud Darwish, Barack Obama - internationally distinguished South African artist and writer Breyten Breytenbach's new collection of essays traces the collisions between utopia and disaster, political traumas and the renewal of hope. Notes from the Middle World is a beautiful and heart-wrenching book. Against the conformity of power, Breytenbach takes readers  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Breyten Breytenbach
ISBN: 9781931859912 1931859914
OCLC Number: 318877012
Notes: Collection of essays.
Description: 214 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Dancing --
Making being : on arts and culture --
Mandela's smile : glimpses from the mirror of our time --
Obamadela --
Imagining Africa --
The Afrikaner as African --
On "progress" --
The pity and the horror --
The nomadic conversation : with Mahmoud Darwish --
How we kill, kill, kill --
You screws! --
Notes from the middle world --
Of camels and dogs and rats when walking the words/staging the self : or, what it is like to live with somebody very much like myself --
Self-portrait/deathwatch : a note on autobiotrophy --
For Michael Fried : Paris, December 21, 2004 --
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Responsibility: Breyten Breytenbach.

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"In dialogue with the dead and living - Nelson Mandela, Mahmoud Darwish, Barack Obama - internationally distinguished South African artist and writer Breyten Breytenbach's new collection of essays traces the collisions between utopia and disaster, political traumas and the renewal of hope. Notes from the Middle World is a beautiful and heart-wrenching book. Against the conformity of power, Breytenbach takes readers on a journey through the 'Middle World,' an imagined space beyond borders and exile, toward an embracing vision of justice for the un-citizens post-modernity has dispossessed." -- Back cover.

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