Read “Animalia Paradoxa” – free story

My short story “Animalia Paradoxa” was featured as the “weekend read” by For Books’ Sake, a site that champions writing by women.

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This is the title story of my new collection from Boiler House Books, which can be purchased here.

A virus inflames a woman with mortal desire; a colonial naturalist seeks an impossible specimen; invisible violence stalks a safari and a man out walking enters into a strange shadow dance with a prizefighter. Ranging from taut human drama to phantasmagoria, these stories make rich and strange connections – between ancient and new, human and animal, Africa and Europe, reality and dream. Taken together, in prose of great precision and beauty, the stories in Animalia Paradoxa map the complexities of the human specimen, in all its troubling glory. This is fiction of the highest quality, from one of South Africa’s foremost novelists.

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