AN IMPERFECT BLESSING

: Davids (N.)

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410 pp., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2014

 

A novel about a Muslim family's experience of South Africa's transition to democracy, set in Cape Town in 1993.

"One of the things the novel does best is to trace the impact of historical events on the lives of ordinary people. In An Imperfect Blessing, a novel that is sharp in its insights, yet warm in feeling, Nadia Davids gives us the tumultuous years between the end of white rule in South Africa and the Mandela presidency as seen through the eyes of a family from a Muslim community that is itself coming under pressure to adapt and evolve." J.M.Coetzee

"A poignant evocation of Cape Town in the last of the apartheid years. With subtlety, compassion, and a brilliant blending of the personal and political, Davids' debut novel traces the lives of a family shaken by the complexities of the struggle." Zoë Wicomb

Nadia Davids is also the author of the award-winning plays At Her Feet and Cissie. She is currently a full-time lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. Her screenplay adaptation of her short story, "The Visit" won Best South African Film Project at the 2012 Durban International Film Festival. An Imperfect Blessing is her first novel.