: Rose-Innes (H.)

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264pp., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2015


"Rose-Innes has written another extraordinary novel, lyrical, deftly plotted, and as full of life as the Ark. In the Cape Town of her imagination, a place both utterly strange and eerily familiar, wilderness is always pressing up against the fence. The 'animal', she suggests, is not just out there but in here, shaping what we do and say, embedded in language itself like a stubborn gene." Ivan Vladislavić

"'Green Lion' sees humanity's longing for the wilderness of animals as a desire for what remains most alien to our rational selves. Catching the animal heart in all of us, Rose-Innes imagines a world where ferocity itself is pushed to the brink of extinction. Poignant and unsentimental, this is an urgent story of quiet, lurking terror." Patrick Flanery

Henrietta Rose-Innes is the recipient of the Caine Prize for African Writing and the African PEN Literary Award. She is the author of the novels, "Shark's Egg", "The Rock Alphabet" and "Nineveh" and the short story collection, "Homing". She lives and works in Cape Town.