Call It Dog (Paperback)
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Call It Dog (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 03/04/2014
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Jo returns to South Africa after ten years in the UK to cover the riots sweeping the Jo'burg township of Alex. Nico, her estranged Afrikaner father, reappears and asks her to help prove his innocence in the murder of a black man, abducted by the security forces decades earlier. As they set off on a road trip through South Africa's now-unfamiliar landscape, it becomes clear that Nico knows more about the murder than he is letting on, and Jo begins to wonder whether she is his accomplice, or his captive.

Set against the backdrop of a country struggling to absorb its bloody history and forge a new democracy, Call It Dog asks whether justice and truth are more important than the bonds of loyalty and love, and explores what is it like to feel you no longer belong in the land of your birth - or to your own family.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9780857899477
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Tells a story that is disquieting and compelling, announcing an astute and unusually gifted observer... Roode's careful scrutiny of character and motivation that makes what could have been a well-worn tale of post-apartheid inheritance feel urgent and necessary... a skilfully executed debut. The tone is consistently one of taut, sombre reflectiveness, with indications in Roode's artfully worded descriptions of the range of this gifted young writer. * Guardian *
A remarkably assured first novel... Jo, a British-based journalist who returns to her native South Africa... makes a winning narrator, alternately blase and vulnerable * Sunday Times *
A gripping journey into the deceptions of family and nation, Roode's nightmare vision of a father's complicity in past crimes is a sharp and chilling debut from a writer of clear eye and bracing voice. -- Patrick Flanery
Marli Roode takes a roller-coaster ride through the new South Africa, where the old demons don't retire, they merely reload, and nothing is quite what it seems. Call It Dog calls it like it is - a blistering debut. -- Christopher Hope
[A] confident and daring debut novel * Independent on Sunday *

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