Arianna Dagnino

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I am the author of the novel The Afrikaner (Guernica, Toronto, 2019), an on-the-road adventure story of hate, love, guilt and redemption under African skies.
In my career as an international reporter, literary translator and academic researcher, I have lived in many countries, including a five-year stint in South Africa. I have published several books on the impact of global mobility, science and new technologies. I hold a PhD from the University of South Australia and currently teach Italian Studies at the University of British Columbia.

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The Afrikaner

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The Afrikaner Reviewed by Ian Thomas Shaw-The Ottawa Review of Books

May 4, 2019

It takes gumption for an author to title her novel The Afrikaner, given the connotations that spring to mind about South Africa's former ruling white minority. It takes even more daring to give human faces to characters belonging to a group that oppressed for decades tens of millions of black Africans. And yet, Arianna Dagnino navigates this issue with taste, sensitivity and exquisit... Read more of this blog post »
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"Arianna Dagnino’s The Afrikaner tells a story of young professional woman, Zoe Du Plessis, who copes with her fiancé’s sudden death and carries on with what he was doing as a paleontologist. Zoe’s personal story is entwined with her family history..." Read more of this review »
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"Marvelous. Arianna Dagnino takes the reader into some very diverse regions of South Africa and Namibia, and deeper yet into their history (the protagonist is a paleaontologist seeking and finding evidence of the earliest human settlements, possibl..." Read more of this review »
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"“Slow down, but don’t ever stop.” Never stop at a red light. It’s one of Dario Oldani’s last thoughts as he becomes a victim of a senseless, fatal car jacking in a Central Business District area of South Africa. The tragic event of her lover’s dea..." Read more of this review »
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“Muscles relax, the mind expands. The vastness enters into the skin like a shot. ‘Our’ time dissolves.”
Arianna Dagnino, The Afrikaner

“While the smoke of the dagga slowly rises into the night, the rhythm of the women’s clapping begins to accelerate. Zoe sees the two men listening intently to that far-away call. Tongues of fire light up their rapt faces, throwing hallucinatory shadows against the bush curtain.”
Arianna Dagnino, The Afrikaner

“Prison taught me a lot, including things I wouldn’t want to learn. Helplessly witnessing torture, death, the loss of human dignity, the abyss of bestiality our fellow humans can fall into. All this destroys something inside you – something that shouldn’t even be touched.”
Arianna Dagnino, The Afrikaner

“Muscles relax, the mind expands. The vastness enters into the skin like a shot. ‘Our’ time dissolves.”
Arianna Dagnino, The Afrikaner

“While the smoke of the dagga slowly rises into the night, the rhythm of the women’s clapping begins to accelerate. Zoe sees the two men listening intently to that far-away call. Tongues of fire light up their rapt faces, throwing hallucinatory shadows against the bush curtain.”
Arianna Dagnino, The Afrikaner

“Prison taught me a lot, including things I wouldn’t want to learn. Helplessly witnessing torture, death, the loss of human dignity, the abyss of bestiality our fellow humans can fall into. All this destroys something inside you – something that shouldn’t even be touched.”
Arianna Dagnino, The Afrikaner

“Your fortress becomes a prison once you have swarms of desperate people pressing at the gate”
Arianna Dagnino, The Afrikaner

“Unsure about its place and identity, a whole nation was made to believe that ethnic pride and culture could only descend from race.”
Arianna Dagnino, The Afrikaner

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