What kind of Detective am I? Eardrum or tympanum? Gullet or oesophagus? 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 Vladislavić 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, Vladislavić’s pitch-perfect inquisitions will make you question your own language – how it defines you, and how it undoes you.Read an Excerpt
- Read more about Ivan Vladislavić in our author section.
- Ivan Vladislavić has been awarded the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction!
- Find out more about Vladislavić’s other works: the ‘marvellous and richly textured’ The Restless Supermarket, the ‘beautifully wrought’ Double Negative, and his ‘masterful’ first novel The Folly.
World Literature Today
‘Known for “juxtaposing the banal and the bizarre,” Vladislavić’s work provides fascinating glimpses into post-apartheid South Africa as well as “dystopian parallel universes"'