I have just added to my ever longer reading list the book by Gene Bétit “Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid — African American’s 400 Years in North America, 1619-2019.”
Collective Amnesia: American Apartheid is a comprehensive study of the treatment African Americans have encountered since their arrival in Virginia in 1619, a saga of racism and white supremacy. It is actual history, not the popular mythology about the Civil War and its aftermath taught in our schools. Numerous tables, photographs, maps, and charts make the study easy to read. The topic is extremely pertinent due to the four hundredth anniversary of African Americans’ presence in North America in 2019 and encouragement of racism from the White House.
Chapters cover white supremacy and racism, slavery, the service of US Colored Troops in the Civil War, devastation of the South, evolution of emancipation, and Reconstruction and the Freedman’s Bureau. Other chapters address “redemption” and the “lost cause,” Jim Crow, blacks’ significant military contributions in the two world wars, the Great Migration, the civil rights movement, and the backlash that continues today.
The book also addresses contemporary issues, including white supremacy, Confederate statuary, and evaluates the status of blacks compared to other groups in society. Note is taken of Professor James Whitman’s observation that Hitler admired Jim Crow and antimiscegenation laws, as well as Richard Rothstein’s study of federal and local housing law, documenting whites’ responsibility for creating inner-city ghettos.
“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 West Africa. It’s hard to forgive. It’s hard to forget. It can feel impossible to move forward,” writes Hollay Ghadery in her thoughtful and thought-provoking review of “The Afrikaner”, which she finds “as surprising as any contemporary post-colonial novel I could imagine.” You can read the whole review here: http://www.riverstreetwriting.com/blog/review-the-afrikaner
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 appreciation of my work. Find the whole interview here.
With Los Angeles-based, South African-born actor Dennis Kleinman (www.aworldvoice.com) we have started working on an audiobook version of my novel “The Afrikaner”.
Obviously, we will need more funds to accomplish our task. I was thus thinking of initiating a crowdfunding campaign with Kickstarter or Go Fund Me.
Any suggestions re the best way to go about it?
“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 that unfold over the 240 pages of Arianna Dagnino’s “The Afrikaner,” not the least of which is racism, and the scar it has left on white/black relationships after apartheid was abolished. Ms. Dagnino’s writing is authoritative and a pleasure to read. The pacing of the novel may be considered “slow” by some, but for me, this is modern literature at its best. As an aside, at one point in the story, Zoe [the main character, a female paleontologist] is gifted by Kurt [the troubled writer] a book to read in the desert: Conrad’s ‘The Secret Sharer,’ which blew me away because I was thinking at the time what a Conradian story ‘The Afrikaner’ is.” Read the whole interview of “The Afrikaner” by author James Fisher here: https://lnkd.in/e3NDpKd
“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 the food, smelled the wind and the sea.”
See the whole review of Arianna Dagnino’s “The Afrikaner” by Monika Ullmann here.
“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 a foreign correspondent. In Australia, she earned a PhD in sociology and comparative literature. She currently teaches at the University of British Columbia. Like many of her characters, she shares the nomadic experience.
You can read the rest of Joseph Pivato’s review of “The Afrikaner” in Accenti Magazine here: https://lnkd.in/eFHn-Wi
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Thanks to Dana Gee for the beautiful interview in the “Vancouver Sun” on my novel “The Afrikaner” and for getting the gist of it: “Arianna Dagnino hopes to turn novel into a movie”! :-)))
If you are interested in reading the full interview, you can find it at this link: https://vancouversun.com/entertainment/books/vancouver-writer-heads-to-south-africa-for-new-novel
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Flash Fiction – ‘Brief, condensed stories written in under 1000 words, and read in a ‘flash’!
‘Vancouver Flash Fiction’ is a Resource Hub and Critique Circle for flash fiction writers living in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, serious about honing their craft.
The Critique Circle is available locally to flash fiction writers interested in receiving and giving feedback on their flash fiction ‘works in progress’ on a regular and ongoing basis. The Resource Hub is accessible to anyone anywhere, anytime.
Its purpose is:
To connect with other flash fiction writers and create a dynamic community of Canadian flash fiction writers.
To advance the flash fiction writing skills, production, and market opportunities, amongst Critique Circle participants.
Join me and my fellow writers in our across-Canada group book launches!
The Afrikaner will be in Montreal on May 2 at Paragraphe bookstore as part of the Blue Metropolis Festival, then in Ottawa on May 5 at the new event space of the Vimy Brewing Company, and finally in Toronto on May 16 at the Columbus Event Centre. See posters here and also the Events page: https://blogs.ubc.ca/afrikaner/events/events/
Share wildly and let’s meet on the road!