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WHY WE NEED ESCAPIST NOVELS IN THE TIME OF COVID



“Since the beginning of the first lockdown I have been finding it difficult to fully immerse myself in a novel. Partly because of my home-working routine, which keeps me in front of a screen for hours on end; and partly because of the impact of the pandemic on my desire for escapism; I – usually an enthusiastic reader – have been skimming over the pages of books without being able to devote to them my full attention.

Your novel “The Afrikaner,” with its thought-provoking setting and rich dialogues, fully captured me and I am very grateful to you for the experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. In fact I more than thoroughly enjoyed it, I could not put it down. You write beautifully and I was captured by the descriptions of the landscapes and the depth of the characters. Congratulations. Sincerely.”

Barbara Gallani

I thank Barbara Gallani for allowing me to publish her comments on my novel ‘The Afrikaner” (Zoe’s tale oh hate, guilt and love under the African skies).

Despite being a voracious reader, I too have been struggling with my readings. Thus I’m glad that Zoe’s story can function as an escapist valve and experience during these Covid times.

The Afrikaner (Guernica Editions, Toronto)

Arianna Dagnino, www.ariannadagnino.com

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