The fourth issue of The Johannesburg Review of Books has arrived—and not a moment too soon, in our humble opinion.
Highlights this month include Contributing Editor Bongani Madondo’s review of Maakomele ‘Mak’ Manaka’s neglected collection of poetry, Flowers Of A Broken Smile, Contributing Editor Efemia Chela’s chat with Edwige-Renée Dro about the Abidjan Lit phenomenon, and Richard Ali’s contemplation of where Peter Kimani’s East African epic Dance of the Jakaranda fits into the world of modern African letters.
In other big new book news, Imraan Coovadia weighs up Haruki Murakami‘s new book, Men Without Women, and Mbali Sikakana appraises Zinzi Clemmons‘s debut novel What We Lose (we are expecting a lot more to come from Sikakana’s entirely fresh, new critical voice).
It is also The JRB’s pleasure to publish, for the first time, new poems by Francine Simon, whose debut volume was published earlier this year. New Yorker, eat your heart out!
Our Photo Editor Victor Dlamini has submitted an exquisite portrait of Sisonke Msimang, while our City Editor Niq Mhlongo tells the tale of how he met James Joyce in Switzerland. In a literary interview with a difference, Masande Ntshanga talks us through the many publishing deals of his novel The Reactive.
We also feature an important new resource for African literature: the online archive of Dambudzo Marechera‘s estate, which houses interview transcripts, school records, manuscripts, photographs and other material relating to the Zimbabwean author’s life and work.
There’s also some news from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie …
Here’s the complete breakdown of Vol. 1, Issue 4, which you will also find on our issue archive page:
- Mak Manaka: One horny m’fcker – Bongani Madondo reviews Flowers of a Broken Smile
- A love story for modern Africa: Richard Ali reviews Dance of the Jakaranda by Peter Kimani
- ‘The place you return to is always slightly different’: Imraan Coovadia reviews Haruki Murakami’s new book, Men Without Women
- A shared secondhand experience of South Africa: Mbali Sikakana reviews Zinzi Clemmons’s What We Lose
- Literary activism in Côte d’Ivoire: Edwige-Renée Dro explains the Abidjan Lit phenomenon
- The book that was read around the world: Masande Ntshanga chats about the many versions of his debut novel, The Reactive
- ‘Smaller’: New short fiction from Nick Mulgrew’s forthcoming collection, The First Law of Sadness
- Pavel Buys an Ejector Seat: Read an exclusive English excerpt from Richard de Nooy’s new book, Van kleine helden
News and Other
- Remembering Marechera: Humboldt University hosts archive of the Zimbabwean author’s estate
- ‘How to write about everything’: Binyavanga Wainaina talks about how to overcome the problems faced by African authors
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie named a nouvelle héroïne of literature in France
- [The JRB Daily] Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo win the UJ Prizes for South African Writing
- [The JRB Daily] 2017 Man Booker Prize longlist announced – no African authors make the cut
- [The JRB Daily] Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie pays touching tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina: ‘A great and rare and genuine talent’
- [The JRB Daily] Sudanese writer Bushra al-Fadil wins the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing