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The Dennis Brutus Tapes


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Introduction by the Editor - Part I: Life Recollections Family Background Attempt to Escape (Tapes 1, 2 and 3) Robben Island Interlude Notes on My Activities Notes on My Life - Part II: Writings Somehow Tenderness Survives Talking with Students Reviewing a Review On My Poetry On Literature and Commitment

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Bernth Lindfors is professor emeritus of English and African literatures, University of Texas at Austin.


An exceptionally well-edited volume, greatly enriched by a comprehensive index and by succinct footnotes that offer essential biographical details. JOURNAL OF THE AFRICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION An important and useful publication. [...] Brutus emerges here as modest and self-critical, courageous and articulate, convinced of the need for political commitment and artistic integrity. WASAFIRI This collection valuably fills out our picture of Dennis Brutus. [...] Bernth Lindfors is to be commended for producing this posthumous tribute to one of South Africa's most significant writer-activists. RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES [A] fascinating and highly readable volume. [Brutus'] fascinating account is greatly enriched by editor Lindfors who meticulously provides a succinctly footnoted biographical sketch of every individual identified in the story. JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY A vivid and moving portrait of a man who contributed significantly, through his actions and words, to the fight against apartheid. [It] is a deeply informative and very personal portrait of both the public and private man. LEEDS AFRICAN STUDIES BULLETIN

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