Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked


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u201CSurely one of the most ingenious love lettersu2014full of violence, fear, humour, and cunningu2014ever addressed to a city.u201D u2014Geoff Dyer

This dazzling portrait of Johannesburg is one of the most haunting, poetic pieces of reportage about a metropolis since Suketu Mehtau2019s Maximum City. Through precisely crafted snapshots, Ivan Vladislavic observes the unpredictable, day-today transformation of his embattled city: the homeless using manholes as cupboards, a public statue slowly cannibalized for scrap. Most poignantly he charts the small, devastating changes along the postapartheid streets: walls grow higher, neighborhoods are gated off, the keys multiply. Securityu2014insecurity?u2014is the growth industry. Vladislavic, described as u201Cone of the most imaginative minds at work in South African literature todayu201D (AndrxE9 Brink), delivers u201Cone of the best things ever written about a great, if schizophrenic, city, and an utterly true picture of the new South Africau201D (Christopher Hope).

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