During his lifetime Dan Davin was celebrated as the foremost practitioner of the realism that dominated the New Zealand literary tradition from the 1930s to the 1960s. Yet as nearly all his fiction was written from abroad, he can also be read as a diasporic writer, concerned with contemporary themes of displacement: the meaning of home, origins and belonging in both civilian and military contexts. In short stories about an Irish-Catholic childhood he established himself as a regional writer, stamping Invercargill and Southland with his imprint as definitively as Ronald Hugh Morrieson stamped Hawera and Taranaki with his. The philosophical enquiry voiced by his protagonists into the nature of fate and of man’s dislocation – …

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Wilson, Janet. "Dan M. Davin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 March 2007
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