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Title:'Unsettled and unsettling others': the 'double vision' of local and global in Breytenbach's later travelogues
Author:Dimitriu, IleanaISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:The English Academy Review
Volume:25
Issue:1
Pages:89-103
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:literature
identity
migrants
intellectuals
travel
About persons:Breyten Breytenbach (1939-)
IdwŻard Sa'Żid (1935-2003)ISNI
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10131750802099516
Abstract:In his 'Reflections on Exile' (2001), 'unsettled and unsettling others' is Edward Said's generic description of the metaphysical condition of both the exile and the intellectual. It is a description that applies to Breyten Breytenbach's work, particularly his works after apartheid, with reference to home and exile, to conditions of belonging, migration and nomadism. Such terms suggest the two 'posts' of our times: postmodernism and postcolonialism, terms which, one without the other, are inadequate to account for Breytenbach's literary output, whether in his poetry or - the focus here - in his essays and the genre mutations in his travel books, in which autobiography, fiction, and political commentary, intertwine as a trait of his distinctive voice. This article illustrates Breytenbach's 'double vision' as engendered by his preoccupation with the home/exile dynamic in his later travelogues, against the background of recent local/global debates. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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