Dangor, Achmat

About Achmat Dangor

Biography (British Council)



Jeffries, Stuart. "Legacy of Abuse." The Guardian, 14 Jan. 2004

Trapido, Barbara. "Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor." The Independent, 12 Dec. 2003

Nel, Phil. "Apartheid Novel Focuses on Fate over Free Will." K-State, 9 May 1999

Eller, Erica. "Why You Should Read Kafka's Curse." Bosphorus Review of Books, undated



Young, Elaine. "Interview with Achmat Dangor." Kunapipi, vol. 24, no. 1-2, 2002

Anon. "Achmat Dangor: Writing and Change." Staffrider, vol. 9, no. 2, 1990

Munson, Rita, et al. "South African Literature in the Seventies and Eighties: A Conversation with Achmat Dagor." Polygraph, no. 1, 1987



Duncan, Rebecca. South African Gothic: Anxiety and Creative Dissent in the Post-Apartheid Imagination and Beyond, 2018

Akpome, Aghogho. "Multiple Twilights: Narrating Transition in Achmat Dangor's Bitter Fruit." English in Africa, vol. 44, no. 3, 2017

Buxbaum, Lara. "Risking Intimacy in Contemporary South African Fiction." Textual Practice, vol. 31, no. 3, 2017

Harpin, Tina. "A Shameful and Deadly Legacy: Rape, Incest and Parricide in Achmat Dangor's Bitter Fruit and Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night." Heritage and Ruptures in Indian Literature, Culture and Cinema, Crowley et al. (eds.), 2017

Rajiva, Jay. Postcolonial Parabola, 2017

Barris, Ken. "The Afrikaner Grotesque." English in Africa, vol. 41, no. 1, 2014

Akpome, Aghogho. "'Dancing Masquerades': Narrating Postcolonial Personhood in Three Novels." English in Africa, vol. 40, no. 1, 2013

Laurencin, Madeleine. "A Polychromatic Approach to the Rainbow Nation Today: Bitter Fruit by Achmat Dangor, Nietverloren and Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee." Commonwealth Essays and Studies, vol. 34, no. 2, 2012

Cooppan, Vilashini. "Affecting Politics: Post-Apartheid Fiction and the Limits of Trauma." Trauma, Memory, and Narrative in the Contemporary South African Novel, Mengel and Borzaga (eds.), 2012

Desai, Gurav. "Asian African Literatures: Genealogies in the Making." Research in African Literatures, vol. 42, no. 3, 2011

Field, Roger. "Coming Home, Coming Out: Achmat Dangor's Journeys through Myth and Constantin Cavafy." English Studies in Africa, vol. 54, no. 2, 2011

Frenkel, Ronit. "Reconsidering South African Indian Fiction Postapartheid." Research in African Literatures, vol. 42, no. 3, 2011

Brust, Imke. "Transcending Apartheid: Empathy and the Search for Redemption." Trauma, Resistance, Reconstruction in Post-1994 South African Writing, Singh and Chetty (eds.), 2010

Briault Manus, Vicki. "The Season of Whispers Is Over: Now the Stories Can Be Safely Told." Healing South African Wounds/Guérir les blessures de L'Afrique du Sud, Teulié and Joseph-Vilain (eds.), 2009

Poyner, Jane. "Writing under Pressure: A Post-Apartheid Canon?" Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 44, no. 2, 2008

Rastogi, Pallavi Columbus. Afrindian Fictions: Diaspora, Race, and National Desire in South Africa, 2008

Kearny, Jack. "Representations of Islamic Belief and Practice in a South African Context: Reflections on the Fictional Work of Ahmed EssopAziz Hassim, Achmat Dangor and Rayda Jacobs." Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 22, no. 1-2, 2006

Rastogi, Pallavi. "From South Asia to South Africa: Locating Other Post-Colonial Diasporas." Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 51, no. 3, 2005

Roos, Henriette. "Torn between Islam and the Other: South African Novelists on Cross-Cultural Relationships." Journal of Literary Studies,  vol. 21, no. 1-2, 2005

Brown, Karen. "'Trees, Forests and Communities': Some Historiographical Approaches to Environmental History in Africa." Area, vol. 35, no. 4, 2003

Kauer, Ute. "Nation and Gender: Female Identity in Contemporary South African Writing." Current Writing, vol. 15, no. 2, 2003

Rhine, Marjorie E. "Satanic Verses and Kafka's Curse[s]: Kafkan Echoes in Stories of Mutable Migrant Identities." Journal of the Kafka Society of America, vol. 27, no. 1-2, 2003

Kruger, Loren. "'Black Atlantics', 'White Indians' and 'Jews': Locations, Locutions, and Syncretic Identities in the Fiction of Achmat Dangor and Others." Scrutiny2, vol. 7, no. 2, 2002

Monier, Hawabibi. "Dialogic Strategies in Waiting for Leila: Canonical, Vernacular, and Political Inspirations." AUETSA 96, I-II, 1996




Dikeledi: Child of Tears, No More (2017)

"Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Dikeledi, the New Novel from Award-Winning Author Achmat Dangor." The Johannesburg Review of Books, 2017

Strange Pilgrimages (2013)

Bitter Fruit (2003)

"Infidelity among MK Comrades: An Excerpt from Achmat Dangor's Bitter Fruit, Republished This Month." The Johannesburg Review of Books, 2017

Kafka's Curse (1997)

The Z Town Trilogy (1990)

Waiting for Leila (1981)


Poetry Collections

Private Voices (1992)

Bulldozer (1983)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

"Read an Excerpt from a Work in Progress by Achmat Dangor." The Johannesburg Review of Books, 2018

"Amandla! Mandela." Harper's Magazine, vol. 318, no. 1907, 2009

"Africa and the World: Writers at Home and Away." PEN America, 2006

"Another Country." The Guardian, 2004

As editor with Michael Chapman: Voices from Within: Black Poetry from Southern Africa, 1982


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Achmat Dangor on His Novel DikelediYouTube, 4 Nov. 2017

Achmat Dangor on His Novel DikelediYouTube, 4 Sep. 2017