Ivan Vladislavic

Agent:  Isobel Dixon

Biography: Ivan is the award-winning author of the novels DOUBLE NEGATIVE, THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET and THE FOLLY and of the short story collection FLASHBACK HOTEL. He is also author of the essay/story collections THE LOSS LIBRARY and PORTRAIT WITH KEYS. His work is included in the GRANTA BOOK OF THE AFRICAN SHORT STORY and Sylph Editions published A LABOUR OF MOLES in the prestigious Cahiers Series. Ivan Vladislavić was born in Pretoria in 1957 and lives in Johannesburg, where he works as a writer and editor. 

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

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THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET Literary fiction, 304 pages. And Other Stories, April 2014 A pompous proof-reader struggles against a rapidly changing world with tragi-comic results. Reminiscent of Borges, Perec, a tour de force of wordplay. 

THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET

Literary fiction, 304 pages.
And Other Stories, April 2014


A pompous proof-reader struggles against a rapidly changing world with tragi-comic results. Reminiscent of Borges, Perec, a tour de force of wordplay. 

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.

 

THE LOSS LIBRARY Non-fiction essays Seagull Books - January 2012 What happens when a story goes missing or remains unrecorded? When a writer carelessly gives his plot away during a conversation or dies before writing the ending? These stories end up in the Loss Library, where the books that have never been written are kept. THE LOSS LIBRARY is a meditation on creativity, mortality, and the allure of the incomplete.

THE LOSS LIBRARY

Non-fiction essays
Seagull Books - January 2012

What happens when a story goes missing or remains unrecorded? When a writer carelessly gives his plot away during a conversation or dies before writing the ending? These stories end up in the Loss Library, where the books that have never been written are kept. THE LOSS LIBRARY is a meditation on creativity, mortality, and the allure of the incomplete.

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.