Healing the wounds of history: South African Indian writing.
A feature of the post-apartheid literary scene is the way the
history of earlier times and of groups which were previously silent is
being recalled and recounted. As part of this 'memory work'
the history of Indian indenture in South Africa has emerged as a potent
theme for both historians and writers of fiction. This history is being
reclaimed and is being recognised as an intrinsic component of any South
A definition of South African 'Indians'--the term has
persisted almost 150 years after the arrival of the first indentured
labourers from India in 1860, and will be used in this essay--may be