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Ivan Vladislavic

Agent:  Isobel Dixon

Biography: Ivan Vladislavić was born in Pretoria in 1957 and lives in Johannesburg. His books include the novels The Restless Supermarket, The Exploded View and Double Negative, and the story collections 101 Detectives and Flashback Hotel. In 2006, he published Portrait with Keys, a sequence of documentary texts on Johannesburg. He has edited books on architecture and art, and sometimes works with artists and photographers. TJ/Double Negative, a joint project with photographer David Goldblatt, received the 2011 Kraszna-Krausz Award for best photography book.

His work has also won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the Alan Paton Award, the University of Johannesburg Prize and Yale University’s Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction. He is a Distinguished Professor in the Creative Writing Department at Wits University.

‘One of the most imaginative minds at work in South African literature today.’ –  André Brink

‘Ivan Vladislavić is the most significant writer in South Africa today.’ –   Focus on Africa

'One of South Africa's most finely tuned observers' - Ted Hodgkinson, The Times Literary Supplement

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101 DETECTIVES Short Stories, 320 pages And Other Stories, June 2015 A private-eye convention and a tussle over a Pierneef. A young man’s unsettling experience in the American South and a tragedy off the coast of Mauritius. A bizarre night of industrial theatre and a translator at a loss for words. These are but a few of the fictions in 101 DETECTIVES, a new collection of short stories by Ivan Vladislavić, one of South Africa’s most celebrated authors.

101 DETECTIVES

Short Stories, 320 pages
And Other Stories, June 2015

A private-eye convention and a tussle over a Pierneef. A young man’s unsettling experience in the American South and a tragedy off the coast of Mauritius. A bizarre night of industrial theatre and a translator at a loss for words.

These are but a few of the fictions in 101 DETECTIVES, a new collection of short stories by Ivan Vladislavić, one of South Africa’s most celebrated authors.

THE FOLLY Literary fiction, 160 pages. Archipelago/And Other Stories, Autumn 2015 The publication of THE FOLLY twenty years ago was a literary landmark, the arrival of a unique and surprising voice. It was read then as an evocative allegory on the rise and fall of apartheid, but continues to strike new chords, its haunting characters speaking strange truths to our world. Grimly humorous and playfully serious, Ivan Vladislavić’s classic first novel is a comic and philosophical masterpiece.

THE FOLLY

Literary fiction, 160 pages.
Archipelago/And Other Stories, Autumn 2015

The publication of THE FOLLY twenty years ago was a literary landmark, the arrival of a unique and surprising voice. It was read then as an evocative allegory on the rise and fall of apartheid, but continues to strike new chords, its haunting characters speaking strange truths to our world. Grimly humorous and playfully serious, Ivan Vladislavić’s classic first novel is a comic and philosophical masterpiece.

DOUBLE NEGATIVE Literary fiction, 204 pages And Other Stories, November 2013 Winner of the M-Net Award 2011; Winner of the University of Johannesburg Award 2010/2011; Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize 2011. Apartheid-era university dropout Neville is sent to learn some perspective from photographer Saul Auerbach. So begins a haunting written exploration of the art of depiction.  

DOUBLE NEGATIVE

Literary fiction, 204 pages
And Other Stories, November 2013

Winner of the M-Net Award 2011; Winner of the University of Johannesburg Award 2010/2011; Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize 2011.

Apartheid-era university dropout Neville is sent to learn some perspective from photographer Saul Auerbach. So begins a haunting written exploration of the art of depiction.

 

PORTRAIT WITH KEYS Non-fiction essays, 199 pages Portobello Books - October 17, 2006 Winner of the 2007 University of Johannesburg Prize and the 2007 SA Sunday Times Alan Paton Non-Fiction Prize.  A dazzling depiction of life in Johannesburg today.

PORTRAIT WITH KEYS

Non-fiction essays, 199 pages
Portobello Books - October 17, 2006

Winner of the 2007 University of Johannesburg Prize and the 2007 SA Sunday Times Alan Paton Non-Fiction Prize. 

A dazzling depiction of life in Johannesburg today.