Reviews for The Rowing Lesson

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Carsten Hueck discusses Wellenschl├Ąge, the German edition of Anne Landsman's novel The Rowing Lesson on radio program, "Deutschlandradio Kultur."
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NY Times

"The Dutiful Daughter"
At her father's deathbed, a woman imagines her way into his experience.
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NY Times

"Editor's Choice"
The protagonist of this viscerally appealing novel sits at her father's deathbed and imagines her way into his experience as a South African Jew.
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The Guardian

"A Fine Line Between Love & Hate"
Anne Landsman's The Rowing Lesson dissects the fraught relationship between a father and daughter, says Lara Feigel
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The Telegraph

"Bloodlines blurring at the end of a life"
The Rowing Lesson is both innovative and unusually intense.
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The Scotsman

"What the tide washed up"
Straight from the sinuous opening something dramatic, malign and deliberate seems on the cards.
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"Three to Read" The Rowing Lesson
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FT Magazine

"Poetry in Motion"
Meticulous language defines this understated novel.
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"Don't Miss Books"
Landsman's lyrical novel is a tribute to family ties.
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L.A. Times

"Book Review - A death in South Africa"
The unfolding of time and relationships in death.
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"A Quartet of Pure Rapture"
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Reviews for The Devil's Chimney

The Times

"A Rare Feather in Her Cap"
The Devil's Chimney is an allegory for the structure of South African society in this century. The novel's spine is a set of rumbling racial distinctions tacked up like old bricks...

The New Yorker

This first novel, narrated by the alcoholic, semideranged Connie Lam-brechht, brings to mind the parabolic prose of Alice; Munro and the scarifying vision of J. M. Coetzee.

The Miami Herald

"Passion, tragedy by the Cango Caves"
Set in the vast, harsh landscape of the South African veld, Anne Landsman's remarkable first novel is a transforming allegory of passion and transgression, retribution and redemption.


"Anne Landsman on Myths and Magic"
First-time author Anne Landsman grew up in Worcester, 'but that wasn't the real me', Writing about her novel The Devil's Chimney (Soho Press)

Leadership Magazine

This book by a South African expatriate, due to be published in the US shortly, suggests that the critic Fredric Jameson may not have been so far wrong when he put for-ward that magic realism has become the literary language of the emergent post- colonial world.

Publishers Weekly

Hubris, madness and ruin in South Africa come urgently alive in Landsman's im-pressive debut. The physical terrain of the Karoo region and the country's...

Paper Magazine

When South African author Anne Landsman says that writing her stunning novel, The Devils Chimney (Soho Press) , was like dreaming," she isn't kidding.

Reviews for An Uncertain Inheritance

Reform Judaism

"Books: Caring, Courage, Loss"
Caring for a family member is a complex mitzvah, bringing forth a range of emotions for which we are seldom prepared.