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Inhaltsangabe: "Dangor writes lyrical...beautiful prose. Kafka's Curse is....full of cries that go on ringing in the head." -- The New York Times Book Review
From 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.
Rezension: South African poet Achmat Dangor's first novel is a rich blend of fairy tale and reality. At the heart of Kafka's Curse lies an Arab myth about a gardener who dared to love a princess and was turned into a tree for his presumption. A similar fate seems to have befallen Oscar Kahn, a Jewish South African architect. Abandoned by his wife after contracting a mysterious malady, he dies alone and his body is undiscovered for many months. By the time the neighbors call the police, "there wasn't much left of the body to bury. It was as if it had crumbled to dust." In the bedroom where Oscar breathed his last, a tree has sprouted up through the floor. But the riddle of this man's death is superceded by the secrets of his life: born Omar Kahn, he was, in fact, an Indian Muslim, not a white Jew. In the days of apartheid, these things mattered and Omar/Oscar, who had the temerity to disguise his ethnicity and to marry a white woman, had apparently paid the price for his subterfuge.
Omar's secret may be shocking to his friends and family, but his is by no means the only one. His wife, his nephew, his brother, even his therapist, all have things they'd prefer to keep hidden--but like pulling a loose thread on a very old and fragile seam, the revelation of Omar's past begins an unraveling of secrets and lies going back generations, with tragic results. Dangor tells his story with economy and grace, offering up love, madness, and betrayal in language as lovely as the themes are grim. --Alix Wilber
Buchbeschreibung Kwela Books, 1997. Buchzustand: Good. 1 Edition. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP69056222
Buchbeschreibung Kwela Books, 1997. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Good. 1st Edition. wraps are shelf rubbed. tanning. light marks. foxing. well bound. fairly good copy.[S.N]. Buchnummer des Verkäufers aiil
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Good. Book Condition: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 97807957005454.0
Buchbeschreibung Kwela Books, 1997. Paperback. Buchzustand: Good. First Edition. wraps are shelf rubbed. tanning, foxing and marks. well bound. fairly good copy.[S.K]. Buchnummer des Verkäufers bgep
Buchbeschreibung Kwela Books, 1997. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Good. 1st Edition. The wraps are shelf rubbed.Some tape residue marks.No inscriptions.A little foxing.Well bound.EK. Buchnummer des Verkäufers sb59
Buchbeschreibung Kwela, Cape Town, 1997. Trade Paperback. Buchzustand: Fine. First Edition. True South African 1st edition 1st printing paperback original in fine unread condition, no inscriptions. His second short story collection. Not a book club edition, ex library or a remainder. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 000047
Buchbeschreibung Kwela Books, 1997. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. 1st. Buchnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0795700547
Buchbeschreibung Kwela Books, 1997. Paperback. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0795700547