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Written in honor of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, Voice Over is a collection of poetry which serves as a final farewell to Breyten Breytenbach’s dear friend.  The series of poems found in Voice Over were created shortly after the death of Darwish, and they were written as the author traveled through Catalonia and Friesland.  What results is a moving collection of verse.

This small 41-page collection gives a powerful look at the language of Breyten Breytenbach, a writer and human rights activist from South Africa. He’s taken a lifelong stance against apartheid and was even imprisoned for seven years for high treason after sneaking back into his country illegally.  Such a turbulent and strongly humanitarian past is evident in the voice of his prose. 

 Winner of the Hertzog Prize for Poetry (1999 and 2008), Breytenbach has written numerous books and produces countless paintings and drawings which have been viewed worldwide. He is considered to be one of the greatest of the Afrikaans poets. Still very active in taking a stand, Breytenbach divides his time between the U.S., Europe, and Africa.  Definitely a writer worth looking into, this creative powerhouse will give you some real literature to sink your teeth into.  

Voice Over is published by Archipelago Books.

24 Comments

  1. What a beautiful book. Perfect for the coffee table, to share and discuss. Just beautiful! Thanks.

  2. I believe this would be a very thought-provoking book. A pleasure to own!

  3. TGhis sounds like an unusual,but interesting book of which one could learn a lot from.

  4. A tribute to someone who is trying to change the world for the better!

  5. We should be more aware of the struggles others have to endure! How hard it must be to find poetry in their lives!

  6. This would be a book to make us think and appreciate our own lives!

  7. I can’t begin to imagine how aparteid affects the people!

  8. This would be a wonderful book to have!

  9. I think this would be a wonderful and thought provoking read.

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  10. I don’t understand why more people aren’t interested in this great book!

  11. Thursday’s entry.

  12. What a wonderful human being! I am totally behind this man and his beliefs. The cover of his
    poetry book is wonderful. The elephants say a lot in it.
    Please enter me in your drawing.
    As always, thanks!
    Cindi

  13. It’s friday, the end of the week, hope you find some time for reading!

  14. I had a great saturday, hope you have too!

  15. Sundays entry, be happy!!

  16. Marvelous Mondays Missive.

  17. Have a terrific tuesday!

  18. Have a winsome wednesday!

  19. Hope you have had a terrific thursday!

  20. It’s friday, be feisty!

  21. Hope it’s been a stupendous saturday!

  22. Sunday – it’s a beautiful sunny day!

  23. Have a happy Monday!

  24. Tuesdays entry, hope you are having a great day!