Makena Onjerika, Wamuwi Mbao, Christa Kuljian, Shayera Dark, Sanya Osha, Sihle Ntuli, Zoë Wicomb, Sibongile Fisher, Nkiacha Atemnkeng, Nicky Falkof, Makhosazana Xaba, Niq Mhlongo, Lidudumalingani, Tymon Smith, Victor Dlamini, Ben Williams
Welcome to the eighth issue of Volume 4 of The Johannesburg Review of Books.
In this issue, Christa Kuljian, Makhosazana Xaba, Sanya Osha and Ben Williams remember three writers who died this year, having changed the landscape of African letters: Myesha Jenkins, Harry Garuba and Achmat Dangor.
Wamui Mbao reviews the Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi and Shayera Dark reviews Minna Salami‘s new book of essays, Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone.
In a JRB exclusive, read a new story by Caine Prize-winning author Makena Onjerika, ‘Black Beauty’.
Nkiacha Atemnkeng returns to our pages with a fresh piece of creative non-fiction, ‘A trilogy of visa rejections’.
This month, Guest City Editor Lidudumalingani pays a visit to Johannesburg’s James Hall Museum of Transport, musing on the role that off-the-beaten-track museums play in cities’ lives.
The Editor for whom Lidudumalingani is guesting, Niq Mhlongo, returns with a piece on being in lockdown during his residency in Berlin.
We feature poems from Sihle Ntuli‘s new collection, Rumblin’ and, from our Photo Editor Victor Dlamini, a portrait of Chika Unigwe.
We also feature excerpts from some exciting new books: Zoë Wicomb‘s new novel, Still Life; Niq Mhlongo’s forthcoming novel, Paradise in Gaza; the new collection of short stories, Joburg Noir; and Anxious Joburg: The Inner Lives of a Global South City, edited by Nicky Falkof and Cobus van Staden
Finally, feast your ears on a fresh apocalypse playlist from by Tymon Smith.
Here’s the complete breakdown of Vol. 4, Issue 8, which you will also find on our issue archive page:
- An oddly moving piece of fiction—Wamuwi Mbao reviews Burnt Sugar, Avni Doshi’s Booker Prize-shortlisted novel
- To overthrow Europatriarchy, logic and emotion must work in tandem—Shayera Dark reviews Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone by Minna Salami
- Remembering Myesha Jenkins—A revolutionary in politics, poetry and jazz
- The dialectic of connectedness—remembering Harry Garuba in Ibadan
- Remembering Achmat Dangor
- New short fiction: ‘Black Beauty’ by Makena Onjerika
- ‘Johannesburg swallowed my father whole’—Read an excerpt from ‘Feasting’ by Sibongile Fisher, excerpted from the new anthology Joburg Noir
- [The JRB exclusive] ‘God withdrew from helping black people nearly thirty years ago’—Read an excerpt from Niq Mhlongo’s forthcoming novel, Paradise in Gaza
- ‘Never before have both the past and the future seemed so out of reach’—Read an excerpt from Zoë Wicomb’s new novel Still Life
- [City Editor] ‘Who owns it, who visits it, who is it for?’ Lidudumalingani visits Joburg’s James Hall Museum of Transport
- Covid-19 and an author’s transformation into silence, by Niq Mhlongo
- Read ‘Ugly Noo-Noos and Suburban Nightmares’ by Nicky Falkof, excerpted from Anxious Joburg: The Inner Lives of a Global South City
- George Bizos, 1927—2020, RIP
- ‘The beginning of an adventure’—Read the late George Bizos’s account of his escape from Nazi-occupied Greece as a child, from his memoir Odyssey To Freedom
- Myesha Jenkins, 1948—2020, RIP
- Achmat Dangor, 1948—2020, RIP
The JRB Daily
- [The JRB Daily] Louise Glück wins the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature
- [The JRB Daily] 2019 Short Story Day Africa Prize ‘Disruption’ longlist announced—featuring 21 African writers from nine countries
- [The JRB Daily] Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift wins the 2020 Arthur C Clarke Award
- [The JRB Daily] The 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist is announced—including Tsitsi Dangarembga and Maaza Mengiste
- [The JRB Daily] Women dominate the shortlist for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award—the world’s richest annual literary prize
- [The JRB Daily] Maggie O’Farrell wins 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her novel Hamnet