Bitter Fruit

Bitter Fruit

Book - 2001
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With the publication of Kafka's Curse, Achmat Dangor established himself as an utterly singular voice in South African fiction. His new novel, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC-Dublin Literary Award, is a clear-eyed, witty, yet deeply serious look at South Africa's political history and its damaging legacy in the lives of those who live there.
The last time Silas Ali encountered Lieutenant Du Boise, Silas was locked in the back of a police van and the lieutenant was conducting a vicious assault on Silas's wife, Lydia, in revenge for her husband's participation in Nelson Mandela's African National Congress. When Silas sees Du Boise by chance twenty years later, as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is about to deliver its report, crimes from the past erupt into the present, splintering the Alis' fragile peace. Meanwhile Silas and Lydia's son, Mikey, a thoroughly contemporary young hip-hop lothario, contends in unforeseen ways with his parents' pasts.
A harrowing story of a brittle family on the crossroads of history and a fearless skewering of the pieties of revolutionary movements, Bitter Fruit is a cautionary tale of how we do, or do not, address the past's deepest wounds.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Pub., c2001
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9780802170064
Branch Call Number: FIC Dango 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 281 p


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Bitter Fruit is the story of the Ali family, set in South Africa during the investigations leading up to the Truth Committee report. As a member of the political underground fighting apartheid, Silas was made witness to the rape of his wife Lydia by a white policeman. Their son Mickey is the product. Years later in a new South Africa Silas sees the policeman from afar in a local supermarket - and it is here the book begins.

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