Ivan Vladislavić


‘The writer Ivan Vladislavić (born 1957) has been largely unknown outside South Africa, though just recently that picture has begun to change. Vladislavić is a writer of great sophistication who specializes in short fiction (“stories”).’  JM Coetzee

Ivan Vladislavić is the author of several collections of stories and acclaimed novels including Double Negative (And Other Stories, 2013), The Restless Supermarket (And Other Stories, 2014), 101 Detectives (And Other Stories, 2015) and The Folly (And Other Stories, 2015). Vladislavić has written extensively about Johannesburg, where he lives. Portrait with Keys (Portobello Books, 2006) is a sequence of documentary texts about the city. His work has won many awards, including the South African Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction and Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize. He is a Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Praise for Ivan Vladislavić

  • ‘Vladislavić is a writer of great sophistication who specialises in short fiction.’ JM Coetzee
  • ‘Ivan Vladislavić is one of a handful of writers working in South Africa after apartheid whose work will still be read in fifty years.’ Jan Steyn, The White Review
  • ‘One of the most imaginative minds at work in South African literature today.’ André Brink
  • ‘Vladislavić’s narrative intelligence [is] nowhere more visible than in his way with language itself. Each section is perfectly judged; we enter incidents in medias res – as though they were piano études – and exit them before we have overstayed our welcome.’ Teju Cole
  • ‘A rare, brilliant writer. Vladislavić’s work eschews all cant. Its sheer verve distinguishes it.’ Sunday Times (SA)
  • ‘Vladislavić seeks the poetry of the city he has known and loved for 30 years . . . He finds the human behind Johannesburg’s sorry reputation.’ Ross Leckie, The Times (SA)
  • ‘Vladislavić is frequently described as a writer of place, and his work is as intimately interwoven with the local detail and idioms of contemporary Johannesburg as Joyce’s novels are with those of early twentieth century Dublin. Indeed, this richness of local colour is one of the few immediately obvious characteristics uniting The Restless Supermarket and Double Negative, two stylistically very different novels separated in composition by a decade, and now brought to a wider audience in the US and UK by the innovative and increasingly indispensable And Other Stories.’ Music and Literature

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