101 DETECTIVES by Windham Campbell prize winner Ivan Vladislavić’ is published today by And Other Stories in the UK. Penguin Random South Africa’s Umuzi imprint have published in South Africa, and the collection has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Prize 2015.
You can read ‘Exit Strategy’ from the collection here, and a feature with Vladislavić and S. J. Naude in conversation here, both published by Granta Online. An extract from the title story ‘101 Detectives’ appears in the Mail and Guardian South Africa and can be read here.
101 DETECTIVES follows 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.
A collection of short stories launched his career as a writer. Twenty-six years and a whole oeuvre later, 101 DETECTIVES showcases Vladislavić’s virtuosity as he bends and recasts this literary form in spectacular fashion.
Later this year And Other Stories in the UK and Archipelago in the US will publish his debut novella THE FOLLY, while Tranan in Sweden and A1 in Germany will publish his novel DOUBLE NEGATIVE.
Ivan Vladislavić is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of a prestigious body of literary work. Published in ten international markets, Ivan lives in Johannesburg, where he is a Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has won and been shortlisted for South Africa’s most prestigious prizes and was awarded the Windham Campbell Prize 2015. 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.
Praise for Ivan Vladislavić:
‘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
'He is a deeply affecting writer. He prods and troubles the reader. You do not finish a Vladislavić book unchanged.' - Michele Magwood, BooksLIVE