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Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked

Portrait with Keys The City of Johannesburg Unlocked In the wake of apartheid the flotsam and jetsam of the divided past flow over Johannesburg and settle once the tides recede all around the author who patrolling his patch surveys the changed cit

  • Title: Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked
  • Author: Ivan Vladislavić
  • ISBN: 9781846270604
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the wake of apartheid, the flotsam and jetsam of the divided past flow over Johannesburg and settle, once the tides recede, all around the author, who, patrolling his patch, surveys the changed cityscape and tries to convey for us the nature and significance of those changes.

    Portrait with Keys Portrait with Keys is a book by the South African writer Ivan Vladislavic It is a portrait of life in Johannesburg and what what home, habit, change, memory, mortality, friendship, ghosts, gardens, walking, falling, selling, stealing Neither a novel nor a collection of short stories, the book consists of short texts organised in two parts Point A and Point B followed by Notes and Sources, Portrait with Keys The City of Johannesburg Unlocked PORTRAIT WITH KEYS The City of Johannesburg Unlocked is not the typical tourist book, rather it is an account of a white Johannesburg citizen and his view on the city and its current status with historical references Vladislavic is painstakingly honest with his portrayal Portrait with Keys The City of Johannesburg Unlocked by Jan , Portrait with Keys is Ivan Vladislavic s quirky and sharply observed take on this city Vladislavic is basically the Jane Jacobs of modern Johannesburg no detail of urban life is too small to dissect, no change too minor to carry significance. Ivan Vladislavic Portrait with Keys Portrait with Keys The City of Johannesburg Unlocked Portobello, ISBN More at portobellobooks EXTRACT Johannesburg is justly renowned for its scenic waterways The finest body of water in my part of town is generally held to be the pond at Rhodes Park, established when the city was young on the site of an existing Review Portrait With Keys by Ivan Vladislavic Books Nov , Portrait With Keys The City of Johannesburg Unlocked by Ivan Vladislavic pp, Portobello, . This fascinating work of art lovingly evokes a city of decidedly unlovely reputation. Portrait with Keys The City of Johannesburg PORTRAIT WITH KEYS The City of Johannesburg Unlocked is not the typical tourist book, rather it is an account of a white Johannesburg citizen and his view on the city and its current status with historical references Vladislavic is painstakingly honest with his portrayal Portrait with Keys by Ivan Vladislavic OverDrive Born in Pretoria in , Ivan Vladislavic has published five works of fiction Portrait with Keys was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and won the Alan Paton, South Africa s major nonfiction award He lives in Johannesburg More about Ivan Vladislavic Portrait With Keys by Vladislavic, Ivan Penguin Random Portrait with keys consists of numbered short texts, each addressing life in Johannesburg The time frame stretches from recollections of the late s to the immediate present The time frame stretches from recollections of the late s to the immediate present. Portrait with Keys CSMonitor Jul , Portrait with Keys A series of short texts portrays the city of Johannesburg through the eyes of a fiction writer and resident Portrait with Keys The City of Johannesburg Unlocked By Ivan Portrait with Keys The City of Johannesburg Unlocked by Portrait with Keys is the first nonfiction work by South African novelist Ivan Vladislavic, whose relative obscurity in the United States can only be attributed to the fact that none of his five works of fiction have found a publisher here.

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    1. Ivan Vladislavić

      Ivan Vladislavi 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 books include The Folly, The Restless Supermarket, Portrait with Keys and Double Negative Among his recent publications are Flashback Hotel, a compendium of early stories The Loss Library, a reflection on writing and 101 Detectives, a collection of new short stories He has edited volumes on architecture and art 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 In 2015, he was awarded the Windham Campbell Prize for fiction by Yale University.

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    1. No one would ever say Johannesburg is a loveable city. It is ugly, poor, rubbish-strewn; it is crime-infested with one of the world's highest number of murders and hijackings per capita. Yet, through the eyes of Ivan Vladislavic (an unlikely named South African), it becomes a place for memory, an elegy to hauntings and displacement. An unusual, prize-winning book which pays a tribute to the city from an insider who does not shrink from recording events the way they unfold. There is no romanticis [...]


    2. I know this is an excellent book, because every other page I was inspired to pick up my camera and go document my own city! The descriptions of Johannesburg were so vivid that I feel as though I've visited the city myself, even though I've never been to South Africa. As Vladislavic included dialogue and his own feelings, I was able to learn how the effects of apartheid have damaged the country to this day. Through my rose-colored American-made glasses, I only saw the rainbows and national pride, [...]


    3. Inspired by listening to Vladislavic at the 2014 Franschoek Lit Festival, I re-read his memoir of life in Joburg - for me, this is his most accessible book. He's hit on such a fresh way to write memoir. I'll be reading the book again,m sometime in the future. If you want to find out about life in Joburg, read this book!


    4. I'm getting way too lazy when it comes to walking recently. Luckily not too lazy for reading yet. So I can rejoice in other people's walkings.This book was recommended to me by a review of a Stuttgart walker who found a like-minded walker in Johannesburg - and coincidentally (if you believe in coincidents) the South African writer with that un-African name Vladislavić had once been given a funded artist residence stay in Stuttgart. (If you read German, you've got to check out this review: zeile [...]


    5. A book forged from the scraps and scuttling pieces of journalism, nonfiction, and personal essays. The approach is nothing new for Vladislavic (see also The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories) and he does it well. In these pages, next to short pieces about Max the Gorilla and Elias Canetti are woven stories of artistic cultures, human survival, and the architectures of security that make our houses our chains, prisons, castles, homes, an especially immediate question in the changing world [...]


    6. Vladislavic displays the knowledge of a city through a dizzying assortment of engagements, encounters and expeditions. The soul of Joburg is given form through the body of random strangers and the built up environment which constitutes the life of Vladislavic. Whether on his way to the supermarket or the library; whether noticing the social rules of thieves or the trade of point-of-sale at some particular corner, this work reveals the particularity of a writer at home in his skin, as much as in [...]


    7. Unlike any writing on the city -- direct, unabashedly honest about post-apartheid South Africa, personal, lyrical, and slightly innovative in form. The narrative is broken into short, numbered vignettes which, in the case of this city, seem the only way to accurately circle any kind of honest description of Johannesburg.


    8. this collection of poignant vignettes gets right at the heart of a city in flux - Vladislavic lays bare Johannesburg's identity crisis; the uncomfortable jarrings of its past and present; its scarred but reconfiguring topography, moving us beyond paranoia and stereotype. if ever you plan to visit this city of gold, don't leave without reading this first.


    9. Contemporary journalists account of living in Johannesberg-- which makes New York in the 70's look like Mayberry. Fascinating to see what people become when you can't really leave a place that's locked, where public parks, street life, etc end because it is so unsafe.


    10. Portrait with Keys is Ivan Vladislavic’s quirky and sharply observed take on this city.Vladislavic is basically the Jane Jacobs of modern Johannesburg – no detail of urban life is too small to dissect, no change too minor to carry significance. He writes of the malls that sprung up optimistically across the city decades ago, only to decline and become shuttered, haunted places. He observes the city’s metal being stolen systematically for scrap resale – brass numbers pried from front door [...]



    11. A collection of vignettes from the author's life in South Africa, particularly in Joburg, mostly through the past 3 decades until early 2000s. And though it is impossible to speak of life in SA without qualifying it through the lens of social class, it is not the focus of the book. Nor is it a memoir or anything like that. It's a compelling, honest "portrait" of middle class South African life, garnished with some damn good prose from a talented writer.Cliché as it might seem, there is no place [...]


    12. "Portrait with Keys - Joburg & what-what", der englische Titel verweist auf den Textabschnitt, in dem eine Besucherin verwundert ein südafrikanisches Schlüsselbund ihrem eigenen gegenüberstellt: Mit 17 Schlüsseln verschließt ihr Gastgeber in Johannesburg die zahlreichen Zusatzschlösser und Gittertore seines Hauses! Vladislavic beschreibt seine Stadt in über 130 zirkulär wie einen Stadtrundgang angeordneten Kurztexten. Seine Beobachtungen beziehen sich auf die Zeit kurz vor der Jahrta [...]


    13. “Surely one of the most ingenious love letters — full of violence, fear, humour and cunning — ever addressed to a city.” —Geoff DyerThis dazzling portrait of Johannesburg is one of the most haunting, poetic pieces of reportage about a metropolis since Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City. Through precisely crafted snapshots, Vladislavić observes the unpredictable, day-to-day transformation of his embattled city: the homeless using manholes as cupboards; a public statue slowly cannibalized fo [...]


    14. Kind of a quirky read - 140 essays (in under 200 pages) on the author's life in post-Apartheid South Africa, although in a sense he could've been talking about American cities (St. Louis, Cleveland, etc.) as well. He doesn't so much dwell on the political aspects, but the visual and emotional. I didn't discern a particular order, or structure, to the presentation of entries at all; they seemed more-or-less random to me. The saddest was the filching of a box of sentimental items by a couple of be [...]


    15. I wanted to read this book because I will never be able to visit South Africa and I felt that this would give me a little insight into life in this city. The book has impressed me greatly by its innovative style, its many cultured references to literature and the arts and the metaphorical charm which threads through it. The paradox of security being a growth industry is saddening. The writer's humanity towards his fellow citizens is striking and overall I felt a sense of sadness while still mana [...]


    16. Some interesting episodes about Johannesburg and its history. Some are extremely well written, but some seemed like they said nothing. The episode style did not meet my taste. A book in blog format before there were blogs? Never finished it, but I did appreciate the perspective on the city, as I lived near where the author lived when he wrote the book, and that it gave insight into Johannesburg's 1980s and 1990s.


    17. Finally! It took forever to read this memoir. It is short but dense. You come away knowing as much about Johannesburg as you do about Vladislavic's perspective in it. I would have liked to have experienced this place before reading about it.


    18. very interesting. To be read with a map. So many famous have lived in this city : mandela, Nadine Gordimer It is worth to see what the city looks like, so far away from Europe. The way it is written is very unusual. Little vignettes put side by side and suprisingly, they do make sense.


    19. An incredibly crafted book composed of vignettes whose interplay paint a detailed masterpiece of Johannesburg



    20. Occasionally engaging, mostly pretty tone-deaf, often smacks of privilege, unimpressing on the language level, and overwhelmingly forgettable save for the few anecdotes he passes along from others.


    21. A good introduction to Johannesburg from a personal point of view. It is clear he cares about the city and I liked his descriptions of different neighbourhoods.


    22. Vladislavic is like me: loves coffee shops, laments the death of collegiality, frets over possessions, and is sentimental about everything.



    23. Some passages had me wincing with homesickness - not for Jo'burg but for South Africa. He captures the angst and contradictions beautifully.


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