Rachel Holmes

Truth & Reconciliation

Bitter Fruit

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As HE DEMONSTRATED in his first novel, Kafka’s Curse (1997), the South African writer Achmat Dangor has no interest in simplistic representations of his country’s current situation. nor are his themes confined to its borders. Bitter Fruit is a subtly layered tale of truth, reconciliation and redemption. It follows a family struggling to come to terms with the fact that its existence is founded on violence: a war crime, for which the perpetrator has sought amnesty.

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