Here are ten fiction books set in or about South Africa.
“Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee: This Booker Prize-winning novel tells the story of a disgraced professor who retreats to his daughter’s farm in post-apartheid South Africa.
“Waiting for the Barbarians” by J.M. Coetzee: Set in an unnamed colonial outpost, this allegorical novel delves into themes of power, oppression, and identity.
“Life & Times of Michael K” by J.M. Coetzee: This novel follows the journey of a simple gardener named Michael K as he navigates the civil war and political unrest in South Africa.
“The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay: Set in 1930s South Africa, this coming-of-age story follows a young boy’s journey through the country’s racial tensions and his passion for boxing.
“A Dry White Season” by André Brink: The story follows a white South African schoolteacher who becomes involved in the anti-apartheid movement after the suspicious death of a black friend.
“Tsotsi” by Athol Fugard: Set in a Johannesburg township, this novel tells the story of a young gang leader and his search for redemption.
“Burger’s Daughter” by Nadine Gordimer: This novel explores the life of Rosa Burger, the daughter of an anti-apartheid activist, as she grapples with her father’s legacy and political commitment.
“July’s People” by Nadine Gordimer: The book explores the dynamics of a white South African family who seek refuge with their black servant after a fictional civil war breaks out.
“The Conservationist” by Nadine Gordimer: This novel focuses on the life of a wealthy white South African farmer and his interactions with the land, his workers, and society.
“The Whale Caller” by Zakes Mda: This novel follows a man who develops a unique bond with a whale and explores themes of love, loss, and environmentalism.
These books offer a diverse range of perspectives and narratives that showcase the complexities of South Africa’s history and society through the lens of fiction.