Ivan Vladislavić’s THE FOLLY is out now in the UK, published by And Other Stories. The novella was originally published twenty years ago, heralding the arrival of a unique and surprising voice in fiction. 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 today. THE FOLLY is published in South Africa by Umuzi and Archipelago published in the US in September, when Ivan Vladislavić was in the country to receive his Windham Campbell Prize for fiction. At a ceremony at Yale University he was awarded one of this year’s nine $150,000 prizes for Fiction, alongside writers Teju Cole, Helon Habila, Geoff Dyer and Edmund de Waal, among others.

On first publication THE FOLLY was hailed by André Brink as being ‘In the tradition of Elias Canetti, a tour de force of the imagination’ and its new edition has already drawn much praise. Nicholas Lezard has picked it as Paperback of the Week in the Guardian and spoken of its ‘fabulistic timelessness’ and other reviewers have described it as follows:

‘THE FOLLY is mysterious, lyrical and wickedly funny — a masterful novel about loving and fearing your neighbour. Ivan Vladislavić is one of the most significant writers working in English today. Everyone should read him.’ — Katie Kitamura

‘The rise and fall of ‘the plan’ at the heart of this potent short novel is as brilliant as it is unsettling. Vladislavić writes with spring-loaded precision about universal dreams and local desolation. A fable for the ages, a parable for our time.’ — Laird Hunt

‘Vladislavić’s cryptic, haunting tale echoes Jorge Luis Borges and David Lynch, drawing readers into its strange depths.’ — Publishers Weekly

'Memorable work that never underplays the unpleasant societal tensions that lie below the surface. … THE FOLLY plays out like a berserk blend of fairy tales, the plays of Samuel Beckett, and the films of Jacques Tati.’ – Tobias Carroll, Electric Lit

In THE FOLLY Mr and Mrs Malgas are going quietly about their lives when an eccentric squatter named Nieuwenhuizen arrives on the vacant plot next door, with a scheme to build an elaborate mansion. Slowly but surely the stranger's charm and persuasive language draws Malgas into "the plan". Grimly humorous and playfully serious, Ivan Vladislavić’s classic first novel is a comic and philosophical masterpiece.

Ivan Vladislavić is the award-winning, critically-acclaimed author of a prestigious body of literary work, published in several international markets. Ivan lives in Johannesburg, where he is a Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand and has won and been shortlisted for South Africa’s most prestigious prizes.  His work is included in the GRANTA BOOK OF THE AFRICAN SHORT STORY and Sylph Editions published A LABOUR OF MOLES in the Cahiers Series. His novel DOUBLE NEGATIVE has just been published in Germany by A1 and Osburg have acquired German rights to THE EXPLODED VIEW, for publication in 2016.  And Other Stories published his new short story collection 101 DETECTIVES earlier this year.

Read a new short story ‘Catch’ by Ivan on Visual Verse.

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101 DETECTIVES by Ivan Vladislavić published by And Other Stories

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 

Catch Ivan Vladislavic on a rare visit to the UK!

Photo copyright: Minky Schlesinger

Photo copyright: Minky Schlesinger

Acclaimed South African author Ivan Vladislavic will be in the UK for the next fortnight so be sure to catch him at one of his events.

During the week of 16 June Ivan will be taking part in the Norwich Worlds Festival. On Thursday 19 June he will join JM Coetzee, Xiaolu Guo and Julia Franck for an evening devoted to the very best in world literature. The event takes place at 7.30 at the Norwich Playhouse and is organised by the Writers’ Centre Norwich. Tickets are available here.

On Saturday 21 June, Ivan will be Guest of Honour at Lunch with And Other Stories, a lunch event for And Other Stories subscribers at Hardy’s Brasserie in London. To book, contact

He’ll be reading at the Peckham Pelican on Sunday 22 June at 12.30 p.m. as part of the Literary Kitchen Festival. This is a free event.

Ivan’s work is studied on various university courses and he will be visiting a couple of universities on this trip. On Monday 23 June at 3.30 p.m. he’ll be at the University of Sussex, where, in honour of his retired proofreader, Aubrey Tearle, from THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET, they are holding their own ‘Proofreader’s Derby’. There is still time to enter! It’s a free event, more details here.

Described on the Africa in Words blog as ‘one of the great prose stylists in the world today’, Ivan will be reading from DOUBLE NEGATIVE and THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET and will be in conversation about the subtleties of balancing editing and creativity, and the mechanics and the artistry of creating written work.

On Tuesday 24 June, 5:00pm - 6.30pm, the Faculty of English at University of Cambridge will host Ivan for a reading from THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET and discussion after. This is a free event, open to the public and there is no need to book. Details here.

On Wednesday 25 June, Ivan will be appearing alongside Patrick Flanery and Neel Mukherjee at Camera Obscura: A View of South Africa.  Each author will be bringing their own work and experiences to the table and you can expect readings alongside stimulating conversation. The event is at Diorama Arts Studios at 7pm and tickets cost £5 – to book contact Charlotte at Slightly Foxed Tel: 0207 370 3503

Ivan Vladislavic’s hilarious and poignant novel THE RESTLESS SUPERMARKET was published by And Other Stories in April 2014. Neel Mukherjee gave it a stunning review in the Independent: ‘A work of such immense imaginativeness, of such extraordinarily serious playfulness, comes along very rarely. Let us celebrate it.’  

A multiple prize-winner in South Africa, DOUBLE NEGATIVE was published in the UK in 2013, also to wide acclaim, and has been chosen by Writers’ Centre Norwich as part of their Summer Reads programme.

See more on Ivan’s website here.

Praise for Ivan Vladislavic:

‘Vladislavic is internationally recognized as one of South Africa’s most significant living writers.’ – Kenyon Review

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

'Ivan Vladislavic is one of a handful of writers working in South Africa after apartheid whose work will still be read in fifty years.'  - Jan Steyn, The White Review