Prize-winning author Achmat Dangor's remarkable "novella and three other stories" deal with the complexity of the personal histories that make up South African society. The novella, Kafka’s Curse, is "a dense surrealist fable," according to Mike Nicol. And Nadine Gordimer says: "This is a South Africa you haven’t encountered in fiction before. Immensely enjoyable." (Times Literary Supplement)
The main novella in Kafka's Curse explores the fate of Omar Khan - also known as Oscar Kahn - as he moves from township to suburb; the story ‘The Devil’ follows the diabolical career of an ordinary man; while ‘Lost’ portrays a writer losing and finding himself in a foreign city. And `Mama & Kid Freedom' takes a satirical look at power.
Kafka’s Curse was awarded the Herman Charles Bosman Prize for English Fiction, and has been translated into French, German and Dutch.
More praise from the critics:
"Dangor writes lyrical, often beautiful prose that switches suddenly into blazing anger. He shows brilliantly the violent mixture of race, rage and gunfire that gives South Africa its crazy speed."
Christopher Hope, New York Times Book Review
"Its sensitive depiction of the ordinariness of our sorrows, of the banality of our hopes and sufferings, places it among the very finest novels produced in this century."
"A formidable talent, a fierce, free voice." Cape Times
Achmat Dangor was born in Johannesburg in 1948. A member of the black cultural group Black Thoughts, he was banned for six years from 1973. He has taught South African literature and creative weriting at the City University of New York, and now works as a rural development specialist. Dangor is the author of collections of poetry, including Bulldozer (1983) and Private Voices(1992), a play Majiet (1986), the prizewinning novella and short-story collection Waiting for Leila (1982) and the novel The Z Town Trilogy (1990). He is based in Johannesburg but, as director of the Independent Development Trust, a South African Non-Governmental Organisation which works for upliftment and social transformation, he regularly commutes between Cape Town and Gauteng.