New Review: Mouroir by Breyten Breytenbach

We’ve just published Steven G. Kellman’s review of Mouroir by Breyten Breytenbach at The Quarterly Conversation. This is the first of a bunch of new content we’re planning to publish throughout the summer.

Mouroir is a strange work, one written while Breytenbach was a political prisoner and subject to intense observation and the removal of his manuscript pages as they were written:

Mouroir: Mirrornotes of a Novel consists of the texts that were returned to their author when he finally emerged alive from Pollsmoor, the notorious maximum-security prison located outside Cape Town. The circumstances of its composition help explain the distinctive qualities of this book. In contrast to The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist, written from a single, retrospective vantage point, Mouroir comprises thirty-eight discrete sections—stories, parables, dreams, meditations—of varying lengths and styles that were each removed from Breytenbach’s cell as soon as he had written them.

This aspect of Breytenbach’s work was also discussed by Ryan Call in his review of the previously published All One Horse.

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