Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked #2020

Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked By Ivan Vladislavić 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: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked By Ivan Vladislavić
    Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked By Ivan Vladislavić 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.
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    • 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.

    680 thoughts on “Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked

    • 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 romanticism here [...]


    • 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, bu [...]


    • 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


    • 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 Vladislavi had once been given a funded artist residence stay in Stuttgart If you read German, you ve got to check out this review zeilentiger.word [...]


    • 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 of [...]


    • 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 a b [...]


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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 doors, manholes ta [...]



    • 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.Clich as it might seem, there is no place quite [...]


    • Portrait with Keys Joburg what what , der englische Titel verweist auf den Textabschnitt, in dem eine Besucherin verwundert ein s dafrikanisches Schl sselbund ihrem eigenen gegen berstellt Mit 17 Schl sseln verschlie t ihr Gastgeber in Johannesburg die zahlreichen Zusatzschl sser und Gittertore seines Hauses Vladislavic beschreibt seine Stadt in ber 130 zirkul r wie einen Stadtrundgang angeordneten Kurztexten Seine Beobachtungen beziehen sich auf die Zeit kurz vor der Jahrtausendwende F r echte [...]


    • 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, Vladislavi observes the unpredictable, day to day transformation of his embattled city the homeless using manholes as cupboards a public statue slowly cannibalized for scrap Most poignantly h [...]


    • 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 or less random to me The saddest was the filching of a box of sentimental items by a couple of beggars he stupidl [...]


    • 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 managin [...]


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


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



    • 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.


    • 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.


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



    • 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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