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How do South African and Canadian Readers React to “The Afrikaner”?

As an Italian writer who has published her South African-based novel The Afrikaner  while living in Canada (Guernica Editions, Toronto, 2019), I am particularly eager to receive feedback from South African and Canadian readers. Thus, I am grateful to fiction editor … Continue reading

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From Fellow Writer to Fellow Writer: “Discomfort” and “Trust”

It is always a special honour to receive the appreciation of a fellow writer for one’s work. The Canadian writer Chantal Garand, author of the novel Natalia Z. (Annika Parance Editeur, Montréal, 2018), which will also appear in Norwegian translation in 2020, … Continue reading

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Universal themes in a unique setting: An Interview on “The Afrikaner”​ by Victor Van Der Merwe

“When it comes to societies like South Africa, there is always something that will contradict your preconceived notions,” says Arianna Dagnino, author of “The Afrikaner,” published by Guernica Editions (Toronto) in 2019. “I think what is happening now in the Western … Continue reading

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Science in Fiction or Fiction in Science?

How much science can there be in fiction and, at the same time, how much fiction (that is, creative imagination) can there be in science? A new – rather controversial – study conducted by Australian scientists on mitochondrial DNA claims … Continue reading

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Surrey’s Writers International Conference

If you happen to be in Surrey at the Writers International Conference this Saturday, come to have a chat at my desk, where I will be signing copies of the Afrikaner from 5.30 pm to 7.00 pm.

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“The Afrikaner” has landed in New York

Thanks to author Judith Reveal for her ravishing review in the “New York Journal of Books.” “Arianna Dagnino is to be complimented on her storytelling ability. She describes the beauty of South Africa through the careful choice of words, providing … Continue reading

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NANAIMO! Oct 24th!

If you ever happen to be on Vancouver Island on October 24th, please join us for a book reading-cum-discussion on “The Afrikaner” at the “White Rabbit” in Nanaimo, from 6.30 pm to 8.00. The event is part of “Portfolio, “a … Continue reading

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An outsider shining a light on South Africa’s past: Does she succeed?

“It’s always interesting to see ourselves, as South Africans, reflected through another’s gaze as author Arianna Dagnino does in The Afrikaner. A multi-cultural author with roots in Italy and now resident in Canada, this novel is based on time she … Continue reading

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Inside the Emotion of Fiction

Thanks to Chris Rice Cooper for her beautiful interview on The Afrikaner, in which much is revealed about the emotional elements involved in a writer’s creative process. Find it here an abridged version. Name of fiction work? And were there … Continue reading

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An Emotional Road Map for the film adaptation of “The Afrikaner”​

Now that we have started working on the film adaptation of The Afrikaner, reviews of the novel like the one provided by fantasy author Cindy Vallar on her blog may contribute to the creation of an emotional road map for … Continue reading

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