Dikeledi: Child of tears, no more by Achmat Dangor
Picador Africa, 2017
Soft cover, 329 pages
An evocative and finely detailed novel of ordinary life under apartheid that follows the lives of a family, particularly the women of various generations, who are named Dikeledi, who together form the backbone of the story. Dikeledi captures, carefully and movingly, the essence of the turbulent days in which it is set. The focus on family drama within an incredibly difficult social situation, the small daily struggles rather than the huge challenges that conventionally make for 'good' archival footage, are what sets the novel apart from other literature that deals with the period.