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

African narrative.

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