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Portrait with keys : the city of Johannesburg unlocked

Author: Ivan Vladislavić
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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This dazzling portrait of Johannesburg is one of the most haunting, poetic pieces of reportage about a metropolis since Suketu Mehta'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  Read more...
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Named Person: Ivan Vladislavić; Ivan Vladislavić; Ivan Vladislavić
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ivan Vladislavić
ISBN: 9780393335408 0393335402
OCLC Number: 286487603
Notes: Originally published as: Portrait with keys : Joburg & what-what. 1st ed. Roggebaai [South Africa] : Umuzi, 2006.
Description: 203 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Ivan Vladislavić.

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This dazzling portrait of Johannesburg is one of the most haunting, poetic pieces of reportage about a metropolis since Suketu Mehta'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. Security -- insecurity? -- is the growth industry. Vladislavic, described as 'one of the most imaginative minds at work in South African literature today' (André Brink), delivers 'one of the best things ever written about a great, if schizophrenic, city, and an utterly true picture of the new South Africa.' (Christopher Hope).

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