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Cassie Hay Reviews The Alphabet of Birds by SJ Naude

The Alphabet of BirdsVerdict: carrot

Naude’s cool, incisive prose acts as a scalpel, laying bare the sinews and tendons of the stories he is telling. The Alphabet of Birds, translated here from the original Afrikaans by Naudé himself, is not a collection for the faint of heart but it does not leave us entirely without hope. The protagonists are ever searching for more in the face of disaster. And sometimes in this accelerating world of cascading information, we need to cut through the noise to get at the heart of the matter. In Naudé, we have an able surgeon.

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