In the aftermath of the brutal xenophobic attacks in parts of South Africa against 'other' Africans between March
and May this year, a fairly sustained (if repetitive) public debate has emerged in the local press. The aim is to extend this
discussion to South African literary production and to stories from elsewhere - in this case, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
The distinction between complicit refugees and cosmopolitans draws on some of the arguments of Mark Saunders and Anthony
Appiah as a framework for comparing Hosseini s popular 'The Kite Runner' (2003) and Gunsekera's lyrical 'Reef' (1994).
These will be read in relation to K. Sella Duiker's 'Thirteen Cents' (2000). Establishing a 'conversation' between these
texts is associated (from Appiah) with calls/or re-thinking terms such as citizen and cosmopolitan. This, in turn. has implications
for the current expressions of and about, xenophobia in South Africa.