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The Near North

by Ivan Vladislavic

Picador Africa

Herman Charles Bosman is believed to have said ” When a city has got enough incongruities you feel that you can live in it.” Jeepers, Joburg certainly ticks that box! Join Ivan Vladislavic as he strolls the streets of Joburg – on “the paths and stories walked into them” –  meeting its ghosts and journeying through time and space, finding meaning in the everyday and incidental. “Walking and thinking turn out to be close cousins”  Ivan’s thoughts and musings as he strides through streets that you’ll recognise are at times amusing, at times serious, thought-provoking and often heartening.  A beautiful ode to this crazy city we call home.

‘Ivan Vladislavić occupies a place all of his own in the South African literary landscape: a versatile stylist and formal innovator whose work is nevertheless firmly rooted in contemporary urban life.’ – J.M. Coetzee

Some of the most moving prose ever written about this former mining town… What a chronicle of a city in perpetual crisis. – Jacob Dlamini













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