The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 5, Issue 6 (December 2021, the Fiction Issue)

Abdulrazak Gurnah • Kiprop Kimutai  Barbara Boswell
Patrick Flanery • Glenn Diaz • Zanta Nkumane • Keletso Mopai • 
Simon van Schalkwyk • Nick Mulgrew Wamuwi Mbao •
Byron Loker Sebastian Murdoch • Jarred Thompson • 
CA Davids • Timothy Ogene • Uvile Ximba • Richard Conyngham • 
Lola Akinmade Akerstrom • Louis Greenberg •
James Han Mattson • Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang • 
Colleen van Niekerk • Chinenye Emezie • 
Victor Dlamini • Tymon Smith

Welcome to the sixth issue of Volume 5 of The Johannesburg Review of Books—our fifth annual Fiction Issue!

This edition, we have reached the milestone of publishing our two-hundredth contributor. That’s five volumes, forty-eight issues, over nearly five years, with more than two hundred writers contributing. Rest assured, we have given ourselves a small, socially distanced, pat on the back.

To compensate for a somewhat lean year, thanks to the ongoing pandemic, we decided to go all out for this issue.

In this edition, then, read new short fiction from Patrick Flanery, Kiprop Kimutai, Barbara Boswell, Zanta Nkumane, Keletso Mopai, Byron Loker, Wamuwi Mbao, Jarred Thompson, and Simon van Schalkwyk.

We also excited to present excerpts from works in progress from Sebastian Murdoch and Glenn Diaz.

You can also sample hot-off-the press new novels by CA Davids, Timothy Ogene, Nokuthula Mazibuko Msimang, Louis Greenberg, Lola Akinmade Akerstrom, Colleen van Niekerk, Chinenye Emezie and James Han Mattson, as well as excerpts from Abdulrazak Gurnah, Uvile Ximba, and Richard Conyngham.

We feature new poetry from Nick Mulgrew, while our Photo Editor Victor Dlamini shares a portrait of Mukoma Wa Ngugi.

Enjoy the issue, and let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Here’s the complete breakdown of Vol. 5, Issue 6, which you will also find on our issue archive page:

New short fiction

Works in progress

Forthcoming works





The JRB Daily

Header image: Everything Is Awesome, Jennifer Malec

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