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“The Afrikaner” by Arianna Dagnino: Colonialism, Reconciliation & Transcultural Literature

Dr. Arianna Dagnino, Sessional Lecturer of Italian Studies at UBC, speaks about colonial history, collective guilt, reconciliation and transcultural issues in her latest fiction novel “The Afrikaner.” Tell us about The Afrikaner. The Afrikaner is a South African odyssey set in the … Continue reading

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Postcolonial Writing Revisited

“The Hubris of Public and Personal History in The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino” – A Review by Hollay Ghadery “Zoe’s stagnancy is a fascinating reflection of the seeming impossibility of finding closure amidst the disparate beliefs and attitudes in post-colonial … Continue reading

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“The Afrikaner” like “Gone with the Wind”: A New Blockbuster?

In his ravishing review of “The Afrikaner” on Amazon.com John Harte compares the novel to “Gone with the Wind”. Could the book really become a new blockbuster? We are working on it! Read the whole review here: “Is this novel … Continue reading

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A writer needs to live intensely, harshly, wildly

I absolutely loved doing this interview with Allan Hudson @ South Branch Scribbler. The 4Q format he developed allows to dig into what leads a writer to write the way s/he does. I am grateful for Allan’s attention towards and … Continue reading

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Audiobook Project – Chapter 1 –

With Los Angeles-based, South African-born actor Dennis Kleinman (www.aworldvoice.com), we have started working on an audiobook version of The Afrikaner. Obviously, we will need funds to accomplish our task. I was thus thinking of trying to initiate a crowdfunding campaign with … Continue reading

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Reading Conrad in the Desert

“In the desert, in prison or out at sea, Conrad can be a good companion. I found in his pages a way to exorcise, at least in part, the darkest moments of my life” (The Afrikaner”). “There are several subplots … Continue reading

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Paleontology, intellectual disagreements and the lure of Africa

“I have never understood the lure of Africa; at the end of this novel, I did. […] landscape descriptions are exquisite and closely observed. At the end, I felt I had been there, in these intense, parched African places, tasted … Continue reading

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BOOK SIGNING OF “THE AFRIKANER” IN VAN!

Join me for a chat and book signing of my novel “The Afrikaner” (Guernica, Toronto, 2019) WHERE: Indigo Robson Bookstore (1033 Robson St, Vancouver) WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 1.30 pm-7.00 pm. The Afrikaner: “A tale of hate, love, guilt and … Continue reading

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Life, Possibilities, and the Kalahari’s Many Secrets in The Afrikaner by Arianna Dagnino

“The Afrikaner (Guernica Editions, 2019) is a powerful novel set in extraordinary locations in Africa, where we encounter some mysterious people […]” Arianna Dagnino was born in Genova, Italy. After Moscow, London, and Boston, she worked in South Africa as … Continue reading

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Yes, Mama Africa left its sign on my skin and in my soul

Excuse this nth bout of self-promotion but among all the beautiful reviews “The Afrikaner” has received on Goodreads, I really felt the urge to share at least one of them with all of you Africa’s lovers – or soon to … Continue reading

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