A journey across post‑apartheid South Africa is steeped in tensionThere are stories that offer up a truth so raw the reading of it is accompanied by a constant rippling discomfort. Nadine Gordimer does this with her steady unforgiving gaze; Doris Lessing with merciless questioning and probing; Bessie Head with a steely determination that denies self-pity. Fiction so unrelenting and honest is the gift, perhaps, of a writer born in an environment gouged deep with atrocities of plunder, and a blood-forged nation whose murdered victims are buried unavenged. Marli Roode, a young writer brought up in South Africa and England, is of a generation that has inherited this history and the additional opportunity (or burden) of transforming it into a new reality. Her debut novel tells a story that is disquieting and compelling, announcing an astute and unusually gifted observer.Call It Dog opens with Jo, a South African-born, London-based journalist who has come home to report on anti-immigrant urban riots, answering the summons of her estranged father, Nico. As she drives to meet him in a remote location, Jo struggles against the painful knowledge, born of bitter experience, that he is bound to let her down. It soon becomes evident that …read more

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