Africaaner novel

South African writer Marlene van Niekirk’s Triomph is concerned with “false sympathy, privilege, the lurking specters of class and race.” But while van Niekirk “is a sensitive writer, she is by no means a polite one. She is, in fact, downright filthy. Triomf is a scatological black satire, as explicit as Michel Houellebecq’s Atomized and as politically savage as Victor Pelevin’s Omon Ra,” Matt Steinglass contends.

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