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Pretoria 17 sept. 1957 • Zuidafrikaans roman- en verhalenschrijver en redacteur
foto: Minky Schlesinger
|Ivan Vladislavic, born in Pretoria in 1957, moved to Johannesburg in the seventies to study at Wits and has lived in the city ever since. He has published four other books of fiction, Missing Persons, The Folly, Propaganda by Monuments and The Restless Supermarket. His work has won the Olive Schreiner Prize, the CNA Award and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, and has been translated into several languages.
As an editor, Ivan Vladislavic has worked with many of South Africa's
| major writers. His own edited publications include blank_Architecture, apartheid and after (with Hilton Judin) and Tkama-Adamastor: Inventions of Africa in a South African Painting (on the canvas by Cyril Coetzee).
For the past few years he has been preoccupied with a series of short texts on Johannesburg, some of which have already appeared alongside photographs by David Goldblatt and Roger Palmer. The full sequence will be published under the title Portrait with Keys.
|OP DE BOEKENPLANK VAN IVAN VLADISLAVIC|
De onzichtbare steden
Italo Calvino, 1972
"Whenever I wander through Marco Polo's cities, through places like Sophronia, Eutropia, Zemrude and Aglaura, I find blueprints for my own fictions. I take Invisible Cities as a magical handbook for understanding perceptions of place."
De ballade van het trieste café
Carson McCullers, 1951
"Shows how dreary a town can be when it doesn't have a café. McCullers wrote the loveliest, most lyrical prose, but she was not a softie. No matter how often I come to the epilogue of this novel, 'The Twelve Mortal Men', it still takes my breath away."
Andrei Bely, 1916 (publ. in Berlin in 1922)
"Alexander Ivanovich discovers in a delirium that Petersburg - let's say any city large and difficult enough to make people lose or find themselves in it - 'is the fourth dimension which is not indicated on maps, which is indicated merely by a dot.'"
[Oxford English Dictionary]
John Simpson (Chief Editor), 3rd Edition in the making
"I believe in the virtues of reading the dictionary. Aubrey Tearle, the hero of my novel, is particularly fond of the fourth edition of the Pocket Oxford, but the greatest dictionary reader I've come across, the artist Willem Boshoff, started with the 6th edition of the Concise."
|HET OEUVRE VAN IVAN VLADISLAVIC:|
De rusteloze supermarkt
Een gepensioneerde blanke corrector maakt zich in het veranderende Zuid-Afrika druk om stijl- en spellingfouten.
|WAT TE LEZEN NA DE RUSTELOZE SUPERMARKT?|
ANDERE ZUIDAFRIKAANSE SCHRIJVERS
J.M. Coetzee, 1999
Temidden van de raciale en seksuele verwarring van na de apartheid moet een Kaapse professor steeds grote vernederingen doorstaan.
More to come...
DE SCHRIJVER RAADT AAN...
Het beleg van Lissabon
José Saramago, 1989
"After my novel appeared, a dozen people advised me to read this - the story of how a proofreader changed the course of history by tinkering with a sentence - and I am passing on their good advice."
[The Structure of Things Then]
David Goldblatt, 1998
"Goldblatt has been photographing Johannesburg for fifty years, often returning to the same places, building up echoing galleries of images. He has seen every change in the city with a clear eye. His best pictures are worth a thick volume of prose (or three slim volumes of poetry)."
[Welcome to Our Hillbrow]
Phaswane Mpe, 2001
"This quirky, complex short novel was published in the same year as my own and deals with the same inner-city suburb. The periods overlap: just as my elderly white characters are leaving Hillbrow, feeling disgruntled and displaced, Mpe's young black characters are arriving full of expectation, hoping to 'come up with their own stories'."
[Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose (8)]
Sandy Balfour, 2003
"Balfour was born in South Africa but moved to England more than twenty years ago. His book is both an insightful account of exile and a loving exploration of the history and philosophy of the crossword puzzle."
NOG MEER AFRIKA
Een wereld valt uiteen
Chinua Achebe, 1958
Schets van het leven in een Nigeriaans dorp in de pre-koloniale tijd en van de reacties op de komst van de eerste blanken.
De hongerende weg
Ben Okri, 1991
Magisch-realistische roman over een kind in tijden van democratische crisis.
A collection of short stories reflecting the transitional phase in South Africa's history.
Een braakliggend veld naast de Zuid-Afrikaanse familie Malgas wordt eigendom van een mysterieuze, excentrieke figuur met 'een plan'.
|[Propaganda by Monuments]|
Stories, including 'The Tuba', 'Autopsy', 'Whites Only Bench', 'The Omniscope (pat. pending)', 'The Book Lover', 'Alphabets for Surplus People', 'Courage', 'Isle of Capri', 'Kidnapped' and 'The Firedogs'.
|[The Exploded View]|
A quartet of stories revolving around four men in Johannesburg, each trying to make sense of a changed world after the demise of apartheid.
|[Portrait with Keys]|
A book about a city that has been described as ‘the Venice of the South’, Portrait with Keys is a portrait of life in Johannesburg - and ‘what-what’: home, habit, change, memory, mortality, friendship, ghosts, gardens, walking, falling, selling, stealing...
Redactie: Stacey Knecht, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dank aan: De digitale pioniers en
Het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Ontwerp: Maurits de Bruijn
Copyright: Pieter Steinz, Stacey Knecht
Reproduktie en/of hergebruik uitsluitend in overeenstemming met de auteurs.