Launched on the opening night of the Vancouver's South African Film Festival, Arianna Dagnino's novel The Afrikaner (Guernica Editions 2019) draws upon her five years in South Africa as an international reporter for the Italian press from 1996 to 2000. Set in Johannesburg, Cape Town, the Kalahari Desert and Zanzibar, this story of transcultural intrigue and personal exploration is described as "a tale of hate, guilt, love and redemption under African skies." After her colleague and lover is killed in a car-jacking, Zoe du Plessis, a palaeontologist of Afrikaner origin, learns of a family secret and its relation with an old Xhosa's curse. As she searches in the Kalahari Desert for early human fossils, Zoe also digs deeper into the sense of guilt haunting her people. $20 978-1-77183-357-8