Upcoming publication of my transcultural novel: The Afrikaner (Guernica Editions, Toronto, 2019)

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce the upcoming publication of my transcultural novel The Afrikaner (Guernica Editions, Toronto, 2019), which I self-translated (and, in the process, heavily rewrote) from Italian into English.

Please find an overview of the book here: https://blogs.ubc.ca/afrikaner/

If you are interested in reviewing the book or providing your feedback and would like to receive the galleys in PDF format before its date of publication (April 2019), please send me an email and I will be happy to comply.

Here is the official blurb:

When a car-jacking in Johannesburg leads to the death of her colleague and lover, Zoe du Plessis, a palaeontologist of Afrikaner origin, is suddenly confronted with her family’s secret, wrapped in an old Xhosa’s curse. As she heads for the Kalahari Desert in search of early human fossils, Zoe embarks on an inner journey into the sense of guilt haunting her people. Meaningful encounters with an aged Bushman, a legendary but troubled writer author and her ancestors’ diaries will reshape her sense of identity.

“The text thoughtfully sharpens our awareness of the mingled yarns that create individual identities.” —Dr. Michael Hattaway, New York University in London

About the Author

In her career as an international reporter, literary translator and academic researcher, Arianna Dagnino has lived in many countries across five continents, including a five-year stint in South Africa. The author of several books on the impact of global mobility, science and digital technologies, she holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of South Australia and currently teaches at the University of British Columbia.



Arianna Dagnino, PhD
Member of The Writers’ Union of Canada
The Afrikaner. A Novel (Guernica Editions, 2019), https://blogs.ubc.ca/afrikaner/
The University of British Columbia: https://fhis.ubc.ca/people/arianna-dagnino/