The Dutch writer learned to write in Africa. You’d know that if you’d read his book. It has the magic in it. The magic that is nothing surprising or amazing. It’s just there, part of everything.
In South America they have magic but it’s always scary and special, out of the ordinary. Something to be avoided unless you yourself are scary and special.
In America we will not acknowledge the magic. It lurks in the dark corners. America is not a young land. We fled the old magic and tried to kill the magic we found here, but it lives.