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At Home with Ivan Vladislavić
An African Flaneur Greens the Postcolonial City

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ISBN 9781032332918
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

At Home With Ivan Vladislavić is the first comprehensive analysis of the works of Ivan Vladislavić. Bringing a flaneur’s "internal GPS" to postcolonial Johannesburg, Vladislavić established a critical sense of home via an intimate knowledge of geography and history. This sense of belonging can have positive ecological effects as we tend to protect what we know. The flaneur’s deep word hoard also helped him to develop a minimalist style, which was not only a means of living sustainably in the city, but in its humour and close attention to detail a way to make greening the city more of a joy than a duty. In this way, Vladislavić created a culture of sustainability.

Table of Contents

Ivan Vladislavić’s Biography

Historical Formalism: A Methodology


Monuments and Resistance

Missing Persons

The Folly

Propaganda by Monuments

An African Flaneur

The Restless Supermarket

The Exploded View

Portrait with Keys

Ecologies of Home

The Loss Library, A Labour of Moles, Milnerton Market

Double Negative

101 Detectives

The Distance


The Story Continues From Here…



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Gerald Gaylard is a Professor of English at the University of the Witwatersrand. Author of After Colonialism: African Postmodernism and Magical Realism (2006) and editor of Marginal Spaces: Reading Ivan Vladislavic (2011), he has published primarily in the area of postcolonial culture, literature, and aesthetics.