A Man Booker Prize finalist. "[A] deeply unsettling novel about the new South Africa . . . The people and their stories are unforgettable" (Booklist, starred review).
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 Lt. 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.
"In the vein of J.M. Coetzee's novels, but from the perspective of black South Africans," Bitter Fruit is a harrowing story of a brittle family on the crossroads of history and a fearless skewering of the pieties of revolutionary movements (Publishers Weekly).
"A haunting story of a family disintegrating, wonderfully authentic . . . its progress like slow dancing." The Independent
"Bitter Fruit has a shocking ability to surprise the reader with the persistence of racial feeling in South Africa." The Guardian