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Dr. Arianna Dagnino has crossed many borders and five continents.

Born in Genoa, Italy, she studied in London, Moscow and Boston before entering international reporting, which led her to spend several years in Southern Africa and Australia, where she was awarded her PhD in Comparative Literature.

She has published several books –  in Italian and English – of fiction and nonfiction. Among them, The Afrikaner (Guernica Editions, Toronto, 2019), a novel set between South Africa, Namibia and the Island of Zanzibar.

With her colleague Dr. Ernest Mathijs she has completed a screenplay based on her novel.

Arianna teaches Italian Studies and Film Adaptation at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. 

She is a Member of the Writers' Union of Canada and of the Literary Translators' Association of Canada.

She has Canadian, Australian and Italian citizenship.

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Guernica Eds., Toronto, 2019

A woman scientist’s quest for love, fossils and redemption in the South African wilderness.

Mid-1990s. As South Africa sheds apartheid, a female palaeontologist goes searching for fossil remains into a scorching desert to face her Afrikaner heritage and find redeeming love.

All people have a history and all nations have bloodlines. They all get shaken up. And they all find a resolution.

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