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“The Afrikaner” shortlisted “Best Fiction 2020” by Miramichi Reader

Arianna Dagnino’s THE AFRIKANER shortlisted for ‘BEST BOOK’ by Miramichi Reader. “Best Fiction” is the most popular category at The Miramichi Reader. Here are the seven “Best Fiction” titles of 2020: “Side by Side” by Anita Kushwaha (Inanna Publications) “The … Continue reading

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Inside the Emotion of Fiction

Soon I realized how much the old San Bushman shaman could “tell me” with his simple gestures and facial expressions. In this passage (beginning of Chapter 1 of The Afrikaner), I tried to recreate that emotional space, that sense of … Continue reading

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Finding oneself on the wrong side of history

Alan Twigg’s review of my novel The Afrikaner in the spring issue of “BC Booklook” goes to the core of the predicament faced by the protagonist of the story, Zoe du Plessis, a young female scientist (33) who grew up … Continue reading

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Zoe’s Story, “The Afrikaner,”​ Goes International

A woman scientist ventures into a scorching desert to search for fossils and confront the dark shadows of her Afrikaner heritage. Set between South Africa and the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, the story of palaeontologist Zoe du Plessis, the Afrikaner … Continue reading

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Audio book of “The Afrikaner” (Chapter 1)

Listen to an audio excerpt from Arianna Dagnino‘s novel “The Afrikaner” read by the Los Angeles-based, South African actor Dennis Kleinman from A World Voice: Transcending Geographic Boundaries. Audiobook (Chatpter 1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rogbi6kmmkw&feature=youtu.be The Afrikaner. A Novel (and now also a … Continue reading

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How much freedom should a creative writer have?

I thank the South African writer Toni Henning for her review of my novel “The Afrikaner” (Guernica Editions, Toronto, 2019). One comment struck me most and made me ponder over the total freedom writers can and should have when devising … Continue reading

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When reading is good in time of crisis: “I felt her every emotion, her pain, her anxiety, her fatigue-she became so real that I could even smell her”​

Let’s not forget that books – fiction as much as nonfiction – are our true companions and sometimes even our real saviours in times of crisis. “The Afrikaner is a story that takes us to the past, the present and … Continue reading

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Journeys into the page: how (imaginary) travelling & movement can inspire & nurture your writing

If you ever happen to be in British Columbia in May, find a way to reach Salmon Arm, in the Thompson Okanagan region, for the “Word on the Lake Literary Festival” (May 8-10). Salmon Arm has been ranked as the … Continue reading

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“I was very surprised at your insight into my psyche as an Afrikaner”

South African actor Gys de Villiers (“Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom”) has kindly accepted to provide his feedback on my novel The Afrikaner, a story of hate, love, guilt and scientific obsession inspired by the five years (1996-2000) I spent … Continue reading

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Authors, What are you reading right now?

“It’s simply immense in scope, character development, historical reconstruction, poetic sensibility, human empathy. I consider it a sort of secular Bible for the creative writer. It belongs to another era but it still speaks to us, to all fundamental weaknesses … Continue reading

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