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Bitter Fruit
Achmat Dangor
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 2001



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The last time Silas Ali encountered the Lieutenant, Silas was locked in the back of a police van and the Lieutenant was conducting a vicious assault on Lydia, his wife. When Silas sees him again, by chance, twenty years later, crimes from the past erupt into the present, splintering the Ali's fragile family life. Bitter Fruit is the story of Silas and Lydia, their parents, friends and colleagues, as their lives take off in unexpected directions and relationships fracture under the weight of history. It is also the story of their son Mikey, a student and sexual adventurer, with an enquiring mind and a strong will. An unforgettably fine novel about a brittle family in a dysfunctional society.

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BOOKS BY ACHMAT DANGOR:

Bitter Fruit
2001
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Johannesburg, 1992. This is the story of Silas and Lydia, and especially of their son Mikey, a university student with a curious mind and a calculating will, as their relationships fracture and their lives go off in new and surprising directions.
Kafka's Curse
1997
Set in South Africa during the final unravelling of apartheid, a retelling of an ancient Arabic legend follows Oscar Khan's love for a woman outside his race and religion, an affair that leads to tragedy and alienation, as his unforgiving brother struggles to come to terms with Oscar's apostasy.
The Z Town Trilogy
1990
A novel set in a South African township, Z Town during a State of Emergency. The author describes the affect of major political debacles on the ordinary lives of South Africans.
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