The Rowing Lesson BACK in 1997 when Anne Landsman’s The Devil’s Chimney was published, it was hailed, quite rightly, as the work of a welcome and major new talent on the South African literary scene. But since then — nothing. Landsman seemed to have dropped off the radar. So the appearance of The Rowing Lesson is more than welcome. And it is an impressive novel, a reminder of why The Devil’s Chimney met with such enthusiasm.