Press and Commentary

Monday, 29 April 2024 12:05

Reviews of The Near North

The Near North has been reviewed by Michiel Heyns on Netwerk24, by Mphuthumi Ntabeni on LitNet and by Bronwyn Law-Viljoen on The Conversation.

Thursday, 31 August 2023 16:29

At Home with Ivan Vladislavic by Gerald Gaylard

Gerald Gaylard is a Professor of English at the University of the Witwatersrand. Author of After Colonialism: African Postmodernism and Magical Realism (2006) and editor of Marginal Spaces: Reading Ivan Vladislavic (2011), he has published primarily in the area of postcolonial culture, literature and aesthetics. His new monograph, At Home with Ivan Vladislavic: An African Flaneur Greens the Postcolonial City, is the first comprehensive analysis of this writer's works.

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Monday, 08 August 2022 19:32

An interview in Contemporary Literature

In this extensive interview, Ivan Vladislavic discusses aspects of his work with Jane Poyner and Josh Jewell of Exeter University.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021 18:43

'Acts of Faith and Frightening Fictions' in Wasafiri

In a written exchange prompted by The Distance, Sisonke Msimang (Always Another Country, The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela) discussed the challenges of writing about the South African past, the depiction of violence, and other things. The interview appears in Wasafiri issue 107, which reflects on many aspects of crisis and recovery.

More about the issue here

Wednesday, 09 December 2020 16:24

The Solera Process: A Conversation on The Distance

Dominic Jaeckle of Hotel magazine and Ivan Vladislavic discuss the value of metaphor, the wiles of the amateur archivist, the allure of moving pictures, and other things.

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Thursday, 30 July 2020 19:21

The Distance in Thesis Eleven

Peter Beilharz reviews The Distance in the next issue of Thesis Eleven. A prepublication version has appeared online.

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Wednesday, 03 June 2020 17:38

Schlagabtausch in Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Schlagabtausch, the German translation of The Distance, has been reviewed by Hubert Winkels in SZ. This is Vladislavic's first publication under the Wagenbach imprint. The translator is Thomas Brueckner.

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Wednesday, 03 June 2020 17:14

The Distance on Africa is a Country

Jeanne-Marie Jackson writes on The Distance for Africa is a Country.

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Friday, 10 May 2019 17:25

Johannesburg Review of Books interview

In this wide-ranging interview, Jennifer Malec, editor of the JRB, asks Ivan Vladislavic some questions about his new novel The Distance and traces some threads through his earlier work.

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Friday, 10 May 2019 17:02

Hambidge on The Distance

Joan Hambidge has added a review of The Distance to her epic blog Woorde wat weeg.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 15:56

An interview in the Mail & Guardian

Shaun de Waal and Ivan Vladislavic discuss The Distance.

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 12:28

Flashback Hotel on Foreword Reviews

Flashback Hotel, a compendium volume of Ivan Vladislavic's story collections Missing Persons and Propaganda by Monuments, will be published in the US by Archipelago on 16 April.

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Sunday, 10 March 2019 12:21

John Mateer on Portrait with Keys

John Mateer, author of the sonnet sequence Joao (Giramondo, 2018), writes on Portrait with Keys. Mateer was born in South Africa and now lives in Australia.

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Monday, 11 December 2017 19:31

Jan Steyn on The Exploded View

Whether The Exploded View is a novel in four parts or a collection of four longish stories is a question akin to whether South Africa is a nation of peoples or a collection of nations. Jan Steyn writes on The Exploded View in the Quarterly Conversation, issue 50.

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 19:27

Hermione Hoby on The Exploded View in The New Yorker

In "Villa Toscana," the first story in "The Exploded View," a startling collection by the South African writer Ivan Vladislavic, a statistician named Budlender has helped redraft questionnaires for the South African national census of 1996.

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 18:05

The Exploded (re)View

The Exploded View has been reviewed on roughghosts.

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 17:53

Publishers Weekly profile

Matt Seidel writes on The Exploded View, recently published in the US by Archipelago.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 15:42

Thesis Eleven - Issue 136

Peter Beilharz and Sian Supski write on the work of Ivan Vladislavic for the journal Thesis Eleven.

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Monday, 11 April 2016 15:59

An interview with Katie Kitamura in BOMB magazine

The Archipelago edition of The Folly was launched in the US in 2015. This interview grew out of a public conversation between Ivan Vladislavic and novelist Katie Kitamura at the Community Bookstore in Brooklyn on 5 October.

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Friday, 19 February 2016 16:57

Jozi-Stories: Das Johannesburg der Kuenstler

German radio journalists Gaby Mayr and Guenter Beyer take a look at Johannesburg in conversation with some of the city's writers and artists. This feature was prepared for Deutschlandfunk.

Listen to the broadcast here

Thursday, 04 February 2016 11:01

101 Detectives in The Literary Review

Amanda Sarasien has reviewed 101 Detectives for The Literary Review. The book is published by And Other Stories internationally and Umuzi in South Africa.

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Thursday, 03 December 2015 15:08

An interview with Tristan Foster on 3:AM

Before composing my interview questions, I tried to collect Ivan Vladislavić’s published work into categories. The impulse, I think, is reasonable: establish a program of order that assists in covering ground, therefore wringing the most out of each question. Of course, I found similarities, symmetries, occasionally a recurring theme or common setting. But a shared place or subject alone isn’t enough to mark a sustained interest.

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Saturday, 07 November 2015 19:05

Corina van der Spoel and Ivan Vladislavic speak about 101 Detectives

On 4 November, the Skrywers & Boeke programme on RSG broadcast a conversation between Corina van der Spoel and Ivan Vladislavic. This wide-ranging interview dealt with his recent book 101 Detectives, translation, editing and other things.

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 00:00

Nicholas Lezard reviews The Folly in the Guardian

Nicholas Lezard sees The Folly as 'a playful-sinister examination of the potentially dangerous false realities of literature, and even of language itself'.

Full review here

Sunday, 04 October 2015 00:00

The Folly in The Complete Review

M.A. Orthofer reviews The Folly for The Complete Review.

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Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00

Tobias Carroll on The Folly and 101 Detectives

Read Tobias Carroll's take on these new releases at Electric Literature.

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Thursday, 26 February 2015 19:06

Windham-Campbell Literature Prize - Mail & Guardian

Darryl Accone writes on Ivan Vladislavic's Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.

Full report here

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00

Windham-Campbell Literature Prize - Business Day

Business Day reports on the Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction awarded to Ivan Vladislavic.

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Friday, 09 January 2015 00:00

Hedley Twidle on The Restless Supermarket in the New Statesman

Do copy-editors of today still use the time-honoured signs: the confident slashes, "stets" and arrowheads, the fallen-down S that means transpose? Or is everything now done through the garish bubbles of MS Word track changes?

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Thursday, 16 October 2014 22:04

Christine Emmett in Aerodrome

Ivan Vladislavic's writing has a particular bent for the specifics involved in being a South African. Details of language, place and character build up in his books like brick upon brick of some maniacal structure. The characters in his books are proofreaders, hardware store owners, statisticians, engineers and photographers who all experience the world around them in peculiar and unexpected ways.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Sarah Gerard on the Cahiers Series

A Labour of Moles appeared in the Cahiers Series (Center for Writers and Translators at the American University of Paris & Sylph Editions) in 2011. Sarah Gerard has written a great piece on the series for Bomb magazine.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

The Restless Supermarket reviewed in the Independent

Apartheid has just ended and in Johannesburg, retired proof-reader Aubrey Tearle, who has spent his entire life proofreading telephone directories, finds his world disintegrating.

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 00:00

Danny Byrne on The Restless Supermarket in Music and Literature

Over the past two decades Ivan Vladislavić's varied oeuvre has cemented his position as one of the most critically respected novelists currently at work in South Africa.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:37

On The Loss Library in the Kenyon Review

When Ivan Vladislavic’s The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories was released last year, the incandescent and entrancingly strange “lost story” collection received little attention in the United States, even though Vladislavic is internationally recognized as one of South Africa’s most significant living writers.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:11

Double Negative review on YouTube

Just William's Luck

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Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00

Interview with Publishing Perspectives

“During the apartheid era South African writers were focused to a large extent on politics and racism. Everything else was out-of-bounds."

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Monday, 04 November 2013 00:00

M.A.Orthofer in the complete review on Double Negative

 Beautifully wrought, Double Negative is a clever and original piece of work, impressively structured and layered.

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Saturday, 16 November 2013 18:04

Double Negative reviewed in the Independent

An incandescent South African novel that travels from apartheid to democracy.

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Friday, 08 November 2013 00:00

Review of Double Negative in the Guardian

A multilayered portrait of a photographer exposes the social fault lines in Johannesburg under and after apartheid.

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Wednesday, 01 August 2012 00:00

An interview with Jan Steyn in The White Review

Ivan Vladislavić is one of a handful of writers working in South Africa after apartheid whose work will still be read in fifty years. He is perhaps best known for his depictions of Johannesburg, his home city, which include the lauded Portrait with Keys (2006). He is the author of four novels – The Folly (1993), The Restless Supermarket (2001), The Exploded View (2004) and, most recently, Double Negative (2011).


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