“A record in tastelessness.” This is how the influential Sidsvenska reviewer, Margo Ditz, described the new children’s book. Now tag the poodle publishers who published the book. “We failed,” publishing director Kles Erickson wrote in an email to Gothenburg-Posten.
Marga Dietz’s new children’s book takes place in South Africa – but no black person appears.
Margaus Dietz’s children’s book “Arnold Travels to South Africa” received harsh criticism when it was reviewed in Sidsvenskan by Shora Esmailian.
Although the plot of the book takes place in South Africa, not a single black person appears. The characters that the reader meets are only the Dietz family and the various exotic animals that appear on safaris.
“Diet certainly broke a record here in the distaste and shameless colonial blindness of contemporary Swedish children’s literature,” writes Shora Esmailian, who hopes the author will stick to Instagram in the future.
The children’s book has been called deafness on social networks and now the publisher is responding to the criticism. In an e-mail to Gothenburg-Posten, publisher Klaus Erickson wrote: and whiteness. “
“We realize that while our intent with this book should never have done any harm, we have passivity during publication, and an inability to see beyond our perspective, and thus have failed to create a book that could otherwise be included.” .
Sidsvenskan was looking for Klaus Erickson with the publisher of Bookmark and Margaux Dietz.