Literature

The Emperor’s New Words

Our family is very black, and we do the best we can. My Aboriginal cousin, 3 per cent DNA, gets land rights and government handouts, and with my Nordic Noir heritage, 3 per cent Scandinavian DNA, I have Hans Christian Andersen and Vikings. My cousin has a book about the Dreamtime, I have an expired boarding pass for Copenhagen—from several years ago. In the Danish capital we walked away from H & M stores and tourist crowds and stepped through a discreet stone entrance, perhaps on Krystalgade or Skindergade or even Nørregade, into the dull gloom of a sensible, serious…

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