Ivan Vladislavić’s story ‘Exit Strategy’, from his new collection 101 DETECTIVES is published today by Granta Online. You can read the story here http://granta.com/exit-strategy/.

101 DETECTIVES is published by Umuzi in South Africa on 20th April, and in the UK and US by And Other Stories in June. 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 collection of short stories launched his career as a writer: now twenty-six years later, 101 DETECTIVES showcases Vladislavić’s virtuosity as he bends and recasts this literary form in spectacular fashion.

Ivan spoke about the collection on Classic FM last week. Ivan will be appearing at Franschhoek Literary Festival, taking part in the following events:

Friday 15 May

1pm Writers’ libraries Justin Fox asks Belinda Bauer, Imraan Coovadia and Ivan Vladislavić about the books that have influenced them throughout their lives, their reading preferences in general — including how these may have changed at different stages in life, and what influence their reading has had on their writing.

Saturday 16 May

10am Exploring the short form Helon Habila, Jackie Kay, SJ Naude and Ivan Vladislavić talk about the of the short story form, its challenges and rewards, the skills required to master the form, and how they individually have challenged expectations with the stories they’ve written and/or edited.

4pm Authors talking An open discussion, with four authors sitting around a camp fire sharing anecdotes about the writing life. Deon Meyer will lead the discussion, alongside Ivan Vladislavić, Imraan Coovadia and Israeli writer, Eshkol Nevo. 

Sunday 17 May

11.30am The global audience: Who’s reading what you’re writing A discussion about how writing for a global audience influences a writer's choice of subject, style of writing, use of language, etc.

Vladislavić is a novelist, essayist and editor. He lives in Johannesburg where he is a Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand. His work has won several prizes, including the University of Johannesburg Prize, the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. He was recently awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.

Praise for Ivan Vladislavić:

‘Ivan Vladislavic 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

‘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.’ – Danny Byrne, Music and Literature