Ivan Vladislavić • Sisonke Msimang • Nuruddin Farah • Achmat Dangor • Odafe Atogun • Michiel Heyns • Koos Prinsloo • Palesa Manaleng • Nthikeng Mohlele • Byron Loker • Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu • Kagiso Lesego Molope • Frank Owen • Stephen Symons • Victor Dlamini • Efemia Chela
Welcome to the twelfth issue of Volume 2 of The Johannesburg Review of Books—our second annual Fiction Issue!
This year’s Fiction Issue has taken a slightly different slant to last year’s. While we have a clutch of sterling short stories from some exciting new and established writers, the heft of the issue is a throw-forward to some important novels that will be appearing in 2019.
To that end, you can read world-exclusive excerpts from The Distance, the forthcoming novel by Ivan Vladislavić; from North of Dawn, the forthcoming novel by Nuruddin Farah; from a work in progress by Achmat Dangor; and from Nthikeng Mohlele’s forthcoming novel, Illumination.
We also feature an excerpt from a work in progress by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu, author of The Theory of Flight; a first look at North, the new post-apocalyptic novel by Frank Owen, the pen name of Diane Awerbuck and Alex Latimer; and an excerpt from Kagiso Lesego Molope’s new novel, Such a Lonely, Lovely Road.
We are delighted to publish the first short story by acclaimed non-fiction writer Sisonke Msimang, as well as new, original short fiction by Byron Loker, Palesa Manaleng and Odafe Atogun.
Two short stories by Koos Prinsloo are published for the first time in English in this edition of The JRB, translated from the Afrikaans by award-winning author and translator Michiel Heyns. Written in the early nineteen-nineties, they are among the first fictional texts about HIV/Aids in South African literature.
From our Photo Editor Victor Dlamini this month, feast your eyes on striking portraits of Binyavanga Wainaina and Zakes Mda.
In our poetry corner, read an excerpt from Stephen Symons’s new collection, Landscapes of Light and Loss.
And finally, in Francophone news, find out more about Ivorian Armand Gauz’s sublime historical fiction novel Camarade Papa, which has been awarded the 2018 Prix-Ivoire.
The header image for this issue is a close-up of the old Eyethu Cinema in Mofolo, Soweto, next to where the Abantu Book Festival will be taking place this week. Those planning on visiting the festival can warm up by reading work from two authors who will be in attendance: Nigerian author Odafe Atogun, and Canada-based Kagiso Lesego Molope, whose new novel, Such a Lonely, Lovely Road, is not yet available in South Africa, but which will be on sale at Abantu.
Here’s the complete breakdown of Vol. 2, Issue 12, which you will also find on our issue archive page:
- [The JRB exclusive] Read an excerpt from Ivan Vladislavic’s forthcoming novel, The Distance
- [The JRB exclusive] Read an excerpt from Nuruddin Farah’s new novel, North of Dawn
- [The JRB exclusive] Johannesburg’s ‘is a beauty that is heard as much as it is felt’—Read an excerpt from Nthikeng Mohlele’s forthcoming novel, Illumination
Original short fiction
- ‘Paying for Independence’, a new short story by Sisonke Msimang
- ‘Man of God’, a new short story by Odafe Atogun
- ‘The Story of My Cousin’ by Koos Prinsloo, newly translated by Michiel Heyns
- ‘The Story of My Father’ by Koos Prinsloo, newly translated by Michiel Heyns
- ‘Chasing Shadows’, a new short story by Palesa Manaleng
- ‘How the War Ended for Jonathan’, a new short story by Byron Loker
- Read an excerpt from Kagiso Lesego Molope’s new novel, Such a Lonely, Lovely Road
- [The JRB exclusive] Read an excerpt from Frank Owen’s new post-apocalyptic novel, North
Works in progress
- [The JRB exclusive] Read an excerpt from a work in progress by Achmat Dangor
- ‘The History of Emil Coetzee’, an excerpt from a work in progress by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu
The JRB Daily
- [World Aids Day] Two Koos Prinsloo short stories translated into English for the first time—among the first fictional texts about HIV/Aids in South Africa
- Panashe Chigumadzi wins 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Rights of Conquest, Rights of Desire, published in The JRB
- Three African authors up for International Dublin Literary Award – the world’s richest annual literary prize
- 2018 South African Literary Awards winners announced—Mongane Wally Serote is South Africa’s new Poet Laureate