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Dispatcher : lost and found in Johannesburg

Author: Mark Gevisser
Publisher: London : Granta, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English
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As a boy growing up in 1970s Johannesburg Mark Gevisser would play 'Dispatcher', a game that involved sitting in his father's parked car (or in the study) and sending imaginary couriers on routes across the city, mapped out from Holmden's Register of Johannesburg. As the imaginary fleet made its way across the troubled city and its tightly bound geographies, so too did the young dispatcher begin to figure out his  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Mark Gevisser; Mark Gevisser
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Gevisser
ISBN: 9781847088581 1847088589
OCLC Number: 869525268
Description: 354 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE DISPATCHER: OUTWARD BOUND --
Closed City --
Treasure Valley --
Tompkins's Folly --
In Search of the South African `Huzun' --
Zita's Map of Zelva --
`Ulysses is About Us' --
Forests of the Dead --
Wall of Ancestors --
`Venus de Milo "Suspect"' --
Yidden --
Sandspruit --
Bird's-Eye View --
Fringe Country --
`Psychopathia Sexualis' --
Xai-Xai --
The Fischer Pool on Beaumont Street --
The Fort --
Town --
Black Bells --
`Jim Comes to Joburg' --
In the Third Basement --
Underground Underworld --
Bachelors and Maidens --
Spyglass Hill --
Umtshotsho --
Edenvale --
The Ballad of Phil and Edgar --
Ultimate Dispatcher --
`The Venice of the South' --
The Ecstasy of Immersion --
The Wilds --
pt. TWO ATTACK --
pt. THREE DISPATCHER: HOMEWARD BOUND --
Hope in Alexandra --
`Open City'.
Other Titles: Lost and found in Johannesburg
Responsibility: Mark Gevisser.

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This is a story of dispossession, a meditation on place, home and identity, as well as a deeply personal account of the social ills of South Africa and the triumph of its people  Read more...

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