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J. M. Coetzee has described Breyten Breytenbach as "able to descend effortlessly into the Africa of the poetic unconscious and return with the rhythm and the words, the words in the rhythm, that give life." "Windcatcher" is a collection of Breytenbach's best work in poetry from 1964 to 2006, and includes many poems never before published. There are poems here from Paris in the sixties; poems written in prison, when Breytenbach was jailed in South Africa for seven years for his activities against the apartheid regime; poems of exile from New York in the nineties; poems from Vancouver, from Amsterdam, from Dar es-Salaam. "Windcatcher "is a remarkable record of a remarkable life and imagination. it is when night is at its deepestjust before morning that the muezzin calls the faithfulfor they are still asleepand his sad cry drifts over index fingers of minaretsrooftops and lovers and flowers and dockshis sad cry dawns over city --from "Dar es-Salaam: Harbor of Peace"
BREYTEN BREYTENBACH left South Africa in 1960, and settled in Paris. After his marriage to a Vietnamese woman, he found he could not return to his country. He became one of the best-known campaigners against the apartheid government in the struggle years. In 1975 he was arrested in Johannesburg, charged with terrorist activities, and was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. He was released in 1983. Since then he has received wide recognition as a leading poet of his generation, also internationally. He was awarded the Hertzog Prize for poetry in 1999 for Papierblom and his books have been translated into many languages. Recent publications include his latest collection of poetry: Die windvanger (2007), and his two collected editions of earlier poetry: Ysterkoei-blues and Die ongedanste dans. He is also a painter.