What can fiction tell us about the world that journalism and science cannot? This simple, vast question is the starting-point for an interrogation of the relationship between literary fiction and society's dramatic transformation in South Africa and Argentina over the past two three decades. The resulting discursive text borders on both journalism and literature, incorporating reportage, essay and memoir.
Oscar Hemer (b. 1954) is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, and a senior lecturer at Malmö University, Sweden. He holds a Ph. D. In Social Anthropology from the University of Oslo, Norway.