The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 4, Issue 2 (February 2020)

JM Coetzee • Fred Khumalo • Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin • Lebohang Mojapelo • Khadija Tracey Heeger • Khanya Mtshali • Lidudumalingani • Isabella Morris • Wamuwi Mbao • Victor Dlamini

Welcome to the second issue of Volume 4 of The Johannesburg Review of Books.

In this edition of The JRB, Wamuwi Mbao reviews Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi‘s short story collection, Manchester Happened, and Khanya Mtshali reviews Phumlani Pikoli‘s debut novel, Born Freeloaders.

Lebohang Mojapelo converses with Sudanese author Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin about writing and exile; and guest City Editor Lidudumalingani reflects on the work of the late Santu Mofokeng.

We bring you an exclusive excerpt from JM Coetzee’s latest novel, The Death of Jesus, as well as a short story from Fool’s Gold: Selected Modjaji Short Stories, which completes the publisher’s baker’s dozen of short fiction collections.

We’re pleased to publish a new short story by Fred Khumalo, ‘Mr Big Shot’—which involves a number of mentions of the Men’s Clinic.

Khadija Tracey Heeger presents a new poem, and our Photo Editor Victor Dlamini offers portraits of Zapiro and Lauren Beukes.

Here’s the complete breakdown of Vol. 4, Issue 2, which you will also find on our issue archive page:



City Editor—Essay

Short Stories




The JRB Daily

Header image: Jennifer Malec

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