Dorothy Driver reviews 'Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home' by Sisonke Msimang

Dorothy Driver reviews 'Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home' by Sisonke Msimang

Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home

by Sisonke Msimang

Text Publishing, $32.99 pb, 320 pp, 9781925603798

The name Sisonke Msimang may be familiar because of her reported claim in 2015 that Australia was ‘more racist’ than South Africa was during the apartheid era. What she in fact criticised were Australians’ failure to deal adequately with racial difference. Their recourse, she claimed, is to treat historical and present-day practices and manifestations of racism with ‘fake kindness’ rather than ‘honesty’, promoting a monoculturalism that obliterates, for example, deep-seated differences regarding land ownership and the land.

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Dorothy Driver

Dorothy Driver

Dorothy Driver is Professor of English at the University of Adelaide.

 

Published in August 2018, no. 403

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