“The type of novel I appreciate the most: One where I feel much better informed by the end”

“Some may think that writing a novel about a country [South Africa] not her own and so plagued by identity politics strays into the area of cultural appropriation. I would strongly disagree. Dagnino’s writing demonstrates the value of restoring to the storyteller a fundamental mandate, i.e. to chronicle the Zeitgeist wherever it may be, and especially in a country, whose history has touched all of us. In this, “The Afrikaner” is an exceptional novel by an exceptional writer.” Thanks to writer Ian Thomas Shaw (Con Cú), author of the newly published “The Quill of the Dove”, for his generous and thought-provoking review of “The Afrikaner” in “The Ottawa Review of Books”. You can read the whole review here:


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