The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 1, Issue 3 (July 2017)

JohannesburgThe third issue of The Johannesburg Review of Books is here, with some big reviews, in-depth interviews and quality ruminations on life, letters and the arts.

This month, Panashe Chigumadze assesses Arundhati Roy’s new novel—famously her first in twenty years—Rustum Kozain offers a meditation on poet Kelwyn Sole’s career and new collection—from which we also feature four poems—and Nadia Davids shares the evolution of her new work, What Remains, from its genesis as a novella to its full realisation as a play, now on circuit.

The JRB’s Contributing Editor Efemia Chela brings us an exclusive interview with international literary thinker Claudia Rankine, and we carry an excerpt from Hedley Twidle’s new collection of creative non-fiction, Firepool. We also have some new, original portraits of Sunday Times Barry Fiction Prize winner Zakes Mda by our Photo Editor Victor Dlamini.

You don’t want to miss the story of how Niq Mhlongo met Shaka Zulu in Germany, or of Karel Schoeman’s final pilgrimage before he took his own life—also both JRB exclusives. And we feature a clip of Siphiwo Mahala’s acclaimed play, The House of Truth.

As with our first two issues, certain motifs seem to gather across this one’s twenty-or-so articles, perhaps indicating that there’s a crafty literary zeitgeist working incognito behind the scenes. This month we see themes such as performance as a disruptive force, politics vs art, and—oddly—the notion of emotional mathematics cropping up here and there among our contributions. We hope you enjoy contemplating the ferment and cross-pollination of these ideas as much as we have, in putting the issue together.

Here’s the complete breakdown of Vol. 1, Issue 3, which you will also find on our issue archive page:








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