Breyten Breytenbach is the author of, among other books, True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist, which details his years in the prisons of the apartheid regime in South Africa. (November 1997)


Dog’s Bone

“A man with a wooden nose knows it can do no good to sniff at axes.” —Ka’afir “When a goat is present it is stupid to bleat in its place.” —Ahmadou Hampaté-Bá (author and transcriber of oral traditions from Mali, d. 1993) I can just about describe myself …

How Apartheid Works

For the White man, apartheid is a distance of mind, a state of being, the state of apartness. From the assumption of apartness—from the necessity to stress this apartness, to justify and rationalize it, to obscure that which may strip him naked—White culture in South Africa is born. Apartheid works.