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The Distance by Ivan Vladislavic

The Distance

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The Distance by Ivan Vladislavic
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Sep 15, 2020 | ISBN 9781939810762

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“South African novelist Vladislavić delivers a moving, closely observed study in family dynamics in a time of apartheid…Vladislavić’s tale unfolds with grace and precision. A memorable, beautifully written story of love and loss.”Kirkus, Starred Review

“Boxing is just one example of the kinds of opposing forces that Vladislavić explores with wit and sensitivity in this book: fact versus fiction, boyhood versus adulthood, masculinity versus machismo, apartheid versus freedom, and, most potently, brother versus brother.” — Mark Athitakis, On the Seawall

“A beautifully, thoughtfully crafted novel … [The Distance] seeks to engage the reader — subtly, but in astonishingly many different ways, on questions about everything from race to how one can present narratives, from capturing a boxing match to attempts at autobiography to the films Branko’s son is experimenting with. Vladislavić again shows himself to be an exceptional writer — and this, as perhaps his most readily accessible work (though in fact it is many layers deep), is a good introduction to his work.” — The Complete Review

“Violence meets quiet, action edges toward observation, and personality gives way to place. But where The Distance, like Portrait with Keys before it, asks that the reader build links across and between planes of memory, history, and city, the virtual world with which the book’s past collides is discomfitingly edgeless. Vladislavic is an auteur of this moment of collision. Always hovering just askew of the city he loves, his is a voice for making new spaces within it.” — Africa is a Country

“Ivan Vladislavic occupies a place all of his own in the South African literary landscape: a versatile stylist and formal innovator whose work is nevertheless firmly rooted in contemporary urban life.” – JM Coetzee

“Ivan’s sentences are like no one else’s; how does he manage to do it? They rise in the air like balloons and never seem to come down. One reads them looking up.” – Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

“One of South Africa’s most finely tuned observers.” - Ted Hodgkinson, Times Literary Supplement

“The writing has a quality of unpredicitability, a wildness that seeps through the fabric of Vladislavic’s peerless linguistic control. Ivan Vladislavic is one of the most significant writers working in English today. Everyone should read him. ” – Katie Kitamura, BOMB

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