Dangor Writes Lyricalbeautiful Prose Kafka S Curse Isfull Of Cries That Go On Ringing In The Head The New York Times Book ReviewFrom The Award Winning South African Poet Achmat Dangor, An Extraordinary American Debut And An Imaginative Reinterpretation Of An Old Arabic Fairy Tale Unfolds In Five Magical Narratives Set In Post Apartheid South Africa Kafka S Curse Is The Story Of Oscar Kahn Born Omar Khan , A Colored Muslim Architect Passing As A Jewish Man, Married To A White Woman, Who Eventually Experiences A Mysterious Physical Transformation, The Likes Of Which No One Can Explain As His Brother Malik, A Politician Firmly Rooted In Islam, Tries To Come To Terms With His Brother S Betrayal, He Abandons Both His Principles And His Family When He Falls In Love With Amina, Omar S Beautiful Psychotherapist With The Hauntingly Lyrical And Rich Allegory Of Kafka S Curse, Achmat Dangor Commands A Position At The Forefront Of Contemporary Literature Told in alternating viewpoints, which helps at times and others hinders There were some interesting points, but overall with the many Afrikaans words passages it made for confusion I discovered late in reading the glossary in the back, that helped, but not much Not everything was included Online translation sometimes helped, but overall it just pulled me further out of the story In the end nothing too revelatory or ultimately staved the book Some good writing, lyrical and it is a fable extended Also, I ve lately discovered I generally don t like magical realism and most of those books I generally don t enjoy as much as others grounded in realism period. The story mainly tells about the Khans, a Muslim family living in apartheid and post apartheid South Africa It s also a retelling of an Arabic fairy tale, whose moral seems to be that people mustn t step away from their station in life and stay there to keep themselves safe.Almost all the characters have chosen to refuse the positions they have been assigned to since birth The female characters tend to react to the consequences with defiant anger, whereas the male characters are contemplative not always effectively so.One thing that bothers me during the reading is the sprinkling of Afrikaans words and phrases, which tend to be unnecessary at times Not all of them are included in the glossary, either Local flavor is one thing, confusion is another. I studied this at University and was fascinated by the overlay of literary allusions in the book such as Layla and Mecnun and Kafka s Metamorphosis, combining from diverse Arab by way of Indian and Jewish roots into a synthesis that results in a richly odd fruit, the product of South African culture The motif of the tree in the book was also striking as a symbol of colonialism, since British people brought and planted their oak trees, which were an invasive species to make the landscape appear familiar The novel is set at the time when people were waiting and waiting for the end of Apartheid It is a vastly interesting approach to this intriguing literary topic. I have no idea what happened in this book And I loved every bit of it Brilliant. Beautiful writing, I learned a great deal about apartheid, but Oh, my, I must have missed some important messages because I do not read well for symbolism Further comments at a modern reinterpretation of the Arabic legend of the gardener who loves a princess and, for his transgression, is transformed into a tree fiction irish british De roman bevat niet een doorlopend verhaal, alleen situaties, die erg nuchter beschreven zijn, vanuit wisselend perspectief als roman heb ik het als een slecht boek ervaren. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here Magical realism is a very effective form of writing, but there is one caveat It still ought to be understandable, otherwise it becomes totally abstract I bought Achmat Dangor s novel in the UK some years ago with high hopes It looked interesting When I plunged into it recently, however, I found that I was going nowhere fast It is an involved family saga, it is perhaps an allegory about South Africa before and after apartheid, and it is full of weird, largely sexual images In the USA, when segregation flourished, very light African American descendants sometimes used to pass , that is, claim to be white and live their lives by passing as white This practice was no doubt widespread in South Africa too In KAFKA S CURSE, everything that is not black or white an absolute , that is survives by passing A Muslim of Indian descent passes as a Jew, marries a white woman Crime passes as respectability Dictatorship passes as democracy Loneliness passes as marriage And so on Everyone is ducking and diving , but what does it mean Conventionally exotic , a phrase gleaned from the book, comes to my mind Exoticism is used to wrap a very average product I don t consider myself a literary idiot, but this one really had me puzzled Like the art of Jasper Johns or Barnett Newman, if such work grabs you, you may like this novel a lot If you remain sceptical, you may feel that it is a case of the Emperor s having no clothes I suggest you try something else in that case and leave the muddled KAFKA S CURSE for the aficionados of blank novels. 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- 225 pages
- Kafka's Curse
- Achmat Dangor
- 14 January 2019 Achmat Dangor