Synopses & Reviews
Ivan Vladislavic, author of Double Negative and The Restless Supermarket, invites readers to do some detective work of their own. Each story can be read as a story, but many hide clues and patterns. Whether skewering extreme marketing techniques or constructing dystopian parallel universes, Vladislavic will make you look beyond appearances.
Short stories with a side order of linguistic capers, from South Africas rising star, the award-winning Ivan Vladislavic
What kind of Detective am I? Eardrum or tympanum? Gullet or esophagus? Pussy or pudenda? A Detective needs a language almost as much as a language needs a Detective.
In this new collection of stories, award-winning author Ivan Vladislavic invites readers to do some detective work of their own. Each story can be read as just that - a story - or you can dig a little deeper. Take a closer look, examine the artefact from all angles, and consider the clues and patterns concealed within.
Whether skewering extreme marketing techniques or constructing dystopian parallel universes; whether mourning a mother's loss or tracing a translator's on-stage breakdown, Vladislavic's pitch-perfect inquisitions will make you question your own language - how it defines you, and how it undoes you.
About the Author
Ivan Vladislavic is the author of several collections of stories and four acclaimed novels including The Restless Supermarket, Double Negative and The Folly. The latter began life as a project with the photographer David Goldblatt. Vladislavic has written extensively about Johannesburg, where he lives. Portrait with Keys is a sequence of documentary texts about the city. His work has won many awards, including the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction.