Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked

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ISBN-13:
9780393335408
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.06.2009
Seiten:
203
Autor:
Ivan Vladislavic
Gewicht:
174 g
Format:
208x141x15 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

This dazzling portrait of Johannesburg is one of the most haunting, poetic pieces of reportage about a metropolis since Suketu Mehta's Maximum City. Through precisely crafted snapshots, Ivan Vladislavic observes the unpredictable, day-today transformation of his embattled city: the homeless using manholes as cupboards, a public statue slowly cannibalized for scrap. Most poignantly he charts the small, devastating changes along the postapartheid streets: walls grow higher, neighborhoods are gated off, the keys multiply. Security-insecurity?-is the growth industry. Vladislavic, described as "one of the most imaginative minds at work in South African literature today" (André Brink), delivers "one of the best things ever written about a great, if schizophrenic, city, and an utterly true picture of the new South Africa" (Christopher Hope).

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