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The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist
The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist
By Breyten Breytenbach
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1985, 396 pp
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Waiting: The Whites of South Africa
Waiting: The Whites of South Africa
By Vincent Crapanzano
Random House, 1985, 358 pp
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In his searing account of a seven-year imprisonment, the Afrikaner poet Breytenbach impales his inquisitors and jailers, finding the essence of apartheid (indeed of all forcible domination) in their tireless quest for the weakness that will feed their strength. Crapanzano, an American anthropologist, wanders on the mild side, with a lengthy excursion through a small South African country town that is more a microcosm of a very particular group of South African whites than an exemplification of the white condition in that country today.