Other Literary Forms
In addition to his poetry, Breyten Breytenbach has written the short stories Katastrofes (1964; catastrophes) and De boom achter de maan (1974; the tree behind the moon), the biographical A Season in Paradise and The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist (1983), a record of his prison experiences. This last, his best-known work, describes his decision to return to South Africa with the intention of establishing a revolutionary organization. The ideas are presented indirectly: Instead of the simple diary chronology, as might be anticipated, he devises a complex literary structure. A series of interrogations and confessions, made to an impersonal, elusive, but threatening figure, Mr. Interrogator, are interrupted by “inserts,” which act as a kind of chorus providing lyrical speculation and philosophic debate among the evidence of the persecution he was suffering. Breytenbach makes his most defiant challenge to the regime with subtle literary technique rather than blatant accusation.