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Book Description:â€śSurely one of the most ingenious love lettersâ€”full of violence, fear, humour, and cunningâ€”ever addressed to a city.â€ť â€”Geoff DyerThis dazzling portrait of Johannesburg is one of the most haunting, poetic pieces of reportage about a metropolis since Suketu Mehtaâ€™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. Securityâ€”insecurity?â€”is the growth industry. Vladislavic, described as â€śone of the most imaginative minds at work in South African literature todayâ€ť (AndrĂ© Brink), delivers â€śone of the best things ever written about a great, if schizophrenic, city, and an utterly true picture of the new South Africaâ€ť (Christopher Hope).
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