<em>Moving Worlds</em> review of <em>The Shouting in the Dark</em>

Moving Worlds review of The Shouting in the Dark

A new review for The Shouting in the Dark is in the latest issue of Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings (16.2). Writer Melissa de Villiers calls it a “fine coming-of-age novel, which vividly explores ideas of memory, identity, and what it means to belong”, noting that:

Boehmer paints a haunting picture of a deeply troubled family unravelling, but as the novel progresses, it becomes clear that this is a double investigation – into the moral chaos of apartheid South Africa as well as self. It is a mark of the writer’s skill that this is achieved organically, with nuance, through the telling of ElIa’s awakening; it never feels heavy-handed or contrived.


Boehmer’s nuanced dramatization of these issues, using her substantial talents for storytelling, brings them in absorbing ways to life.

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<em>Biblio</em> review of <em>The Shouting in the Dark</em>

Biblio review of The Shouting in the Dark

Tabish Khair has written as evocative review of The Shouting in the Dark in the September–November 2016 issue of Biblio: A Review of Books:

A haunting evocation of a childhood, this novel is also a confirmation of an identity that cannot be reduced to words. […] [A]s was the case with Kurtz and Marlow in Conrad’s great novella [Heart of Darkness], what it finally reveals is the necessity and limitations of words. Except that in Boehmer’s novel, what is brought back from Africa is not a lie made of hollow words. Instead, it is an experience – charged, brutal, contradictory, and yet containing within itself the possibilities of truth.

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