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:
- A powerful contribution towards the creation of a vitally needed counter-narrative of England—Wamuwi Mbao reviews Manchester Happened by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
- Contemplating South Africa’s coalition of traumas through the idea of lost language—Khanya Mtshali reviews Phumlani Pikoli’s Born Freeloaders
- ‘I experience a new type of fear every time I write’—Lebohang Mojapelo interviews exiled Sudanese author Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin
- Conjuring his images out of darkness—Lidudumalingani reflects on how the late Santu Mofokeng’s photographs are a kind of visual metaphor for Johannesburg
- New short fiction: ‘Mr Big Stuff’ by Fred Khumalo
- ‘You look fancy for a girl who’s just going to the TAB.’ Read ‘The Outsider’ by Isabella Morris, excerpted from Fool’s Gold: Selected Modjaji Short Stories
- [The JRB Exclusive] ‘This is not a game of football, it is a slaughter of the innocents!’—Read an excerpt from JM Coetzee’s new novel The Death of Jesus
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