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Inventions of Africa in a South African Painting
University of the Witwatersrand, 2000
ISBN 1-86838-281-8

Cyril Coetzee’s massive narrative painting T’kama-Adamastor, based on a novel by André Brink, was unveiled at Wits University in 1998. This richly allusive canvas completed a trilogy begun sixty years earlier. The book contains eleven essays on the sources and significance of the painting, including contributions by the artist and the novelist. These texts offer insights into the life of the university, the nature of its Afrikana holdings, the purpose of public art and Africa’s place in the world.


RSblankNAi2blank_Architecture, apartheid and after
with Hilton Judin
Netherlands Architecture Institute, 1998
ISBN 90-5662-092-4

blank_Architecture, apartheid and after was prepared for the Netherlands Architecture Institute and accompanied the exhibition of the same name shown in Rotterdam (1998), Berlin (1999) and Johannesburg (2000). The book, which presents over forty original essays, both written and photographic, by writers and scholars in a wide range of disciplines, examines the complex, divided spatial landscape inherited from apartheid. It also includes more than 250 archival images.




RSStaffriderRavanTen Years of Staffrider, 1978–1988
with Andries Walter Oliphant
Ravan Press, 1988
ISSN 0258-7211

This special edition of Staffrider brings together a selection of texts and images published in the magazine’s first decade. The issue includes an essay by Mike Kirkwood, reflecting on the magazine and its ethos, and interviews with Chris van Wyk and Njabulo Ndebele. It also contains a cumulative index of all the work published in the first six volumes.

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Other Writing

  • 101 Detectives in The Offing

    The title story of Vladislavic's latest collection has appeared in The Offing, an online channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

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  • 'Exit Strategy' in Granta

    This story is drawn from Ivan Vladislavic's new collection 101 Detectives, due to be published by Umuzi in May and by And Other Stories in June. 

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  • S.J. Naude and Ivan Vladislavic in conversation, Granta

    S.J. Naude and Ivan Vladislavic exchange ideas about writing. Naude's The Alphabet of Birds will be published by And Other Stories in January.

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  • Chris van Wyk, 1957-2014

    My friend Chris died on 3 October. He wrote two wonderful memoirs, Shirley, Goodness and Mercy, and Eggs to Lay, Chickens to Hatch, and that's where you can get to know him. My tribute to Chris is on Books LIVE.

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  • ‘Tango’ in McSweeney’s 42, 2012

    With the help of guest editor Adam Thirlwell (author of Kapow!, Visual Editions), Issue 42 is a monumental experiment in translated literature—twelve stories taken through six translators apiece, weaving into English and then back out again, gaining new twists and textures each time, just as you'd expect a Kierkegaard story brought into English by Clancy Martin and then sent into Dutch by Cees Nooteboom before being made into English again by J.M. Coetzee to do. With original texts by Kafka and Kharms and Kenji Miyazawa, and translations by Lydia Davis and David Mitchell and Zadie Smith (along with others by John Banville and Tom McCarthy and Javier Marías, and even more by Shteyngart and Eugenides and A.S. Byatt), this will be an issue unlike anything you've seen before...


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