: Vladislavić (I.)

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204pp., paperback, Reprint, Cape Town, (2010) 2017


The novel Double Negative was first published in 2010 in TJ/ Double Negative as the fictional companion to David Goldblatt's book of Johannesburg photographs, TJ.

The novel explores three periods in the life of the narrator, photographer Neville Lister: as a university dropout in early 1980s Johannesburg, his years spent in London avoiding military service, and his return to a changed Johannesburg post-1994.

"Vladislavić is sensitively attuned to the uncanny phenomena that explode from the social fault lines of his city, a flaneur aware of the dangers of looking, as well as the ethical perils of photographing strangers, and his protagonist seems to embody the changing gaze of white men in South Africa over the past 30 years: at first intrusive, more recently blind to those around them." Patrick Flanery, Guardian

Ivan Vladislavić is the author of the novels The Folly, The Restless Supermarket and The Exploded View, and the collection of documentary texts about Johannesburg, Portrait with Keys. His work has won many awards, including the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the University of Johannesburg Prize and the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. He lives in Johannesburg.