Portrait with Keys:
The City of Johannesburg Unlocked
by Ivan Vladislavic
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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. His status as an unknown, however, is not likely to last; Portrait with Keys is a beautiful book, affecting and ingenious, opening new intellectual vistas onto art and architecture, poetry and urbanism.
In short narrative bursts, Vladislavic brings to life the social and physical complexion of Johannesburg past and present, as well as its place in South African history, with the intimacy of a native and the ardor of an immigrant. (He was born in Pretoria in 1957 and moved to Johannesburg in the ’70s.) An argument with his brother over billboards, a visit to an art gallery,
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