Achmat Dangor

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Achmat Dangor
Born(1948-10-02)2 October 1948
Johannesburg, Union of South Africa
Died6 September 2020(2020-09-06) (aged 71)
OccupationWriter, poet

Achmat Dangor (2 October 1948 – 6 September 2020)[1] was a South African writer, poet, and development professional. His most important works include the novels Kafka's Curse (1997) and Bitter Fruit (2001). He was also the author of three collections of poetry, a novella, and a short story collection.

Dangor was born in Johannesburg, Union of South Africa. He was one of the founding members of the Congress of South African Writers,[2] and headed up various non-governmental organisations in South Africa, including the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and was the Southern Africa Representative for the Ford Foundation. In 2015 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the South African Literary Awards (SALA). He lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, with his wife, Audrey, and young son Zachary, and devoted his time to his writing.


His awards included:

Notable works[edit]

  • Waiting for Leila (1981)
  • Voices from Within (1982)
  • Bulldozer (1983)
  • Majiet (1986)
  • The Z Town trilogy (1990)
  • Private Voices (1992)
  • Kafka’s Curse (1997)
  • Bitter Fruit (2003)
  • Strange Pilgrimages (2013)
  • Dikeledi: Child of Tears, No More (2017)


Dangor is the brother of Jessie Duarte.[3]


  1. ^ "Achmat Dangor" at Literature, British Council.
  2. ^ "SA author, activist Achmat Dangor dies at 71". eNCA. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Tributes pour in for author, political activist Achmat Dangor". Retrieved 6 September 2020.

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