The Exploded View

The Exploded View A quartet of stories revolving around four men in Johannesburg a statistician employed on the national census an engineer out on the town with his council connections an artist with an interest in g

  • Title: The Exploded View
  • Author: Ivan Vladislavić
  • ISBN: 9780958446860
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • A quartet of stories revolving around four men in Johannesburg a statistician employed on the national census, an engineer out on the town with his council connections, an artist with an interest in genocide and curios, and a contractor who erects billboards on building sites each tries to make sense of a changed world after the demise of apartheid.

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    1. dang i keep reading brilliant books. this one is by a white south african writer i didn't know. this book is being reissued and i got it thanks to netgalley and archipelago books. south africans do race quite spectacularly. in my limited experience of their literature i notice two elements that are not present, yet, in our literary discourse on race. the first, crucially, is an analysis of whitness. when american authors want to talk about race they talk about black or brown folks. south african [...]

    2. Adrift in Post-Apartheid South AfricaOn the plans that accompanied the do-it-yourself projects every solid thing had been exploded, gently, into its components, arrangements of boards, springs, rails, nails, veneers, bushings, cleats, threads. Each part hovered just out of range of the others it was meant to meet, with precise narrow spaces in between. All it needed was a touch, a prod with the tip of a finger, to shift everything closer together, and a perfect whole would be realized, superfici [...]

    3. When Realism is too SharpVladislavic was recommended to me in 2015 by some literary critics in South Africa, who are fed up with Coetzee because he is taken to represent their national situation. In their view, Coetzee's sense of politics is simple-minded to the point of absurdity, and unhelpfully mythologizing ("Waiting for the Babrarians"), while his sense of place is abstract to the point of universality (where, exactly, does "Despair" or "Diary of a Bad Year" take place?). Personally, I had [...]

    4. Four loosely interlinked stories, focus on four men trying to find their footing in the shifting dynamics of the "new South Africa." Originally published in 2004, this collection offers insight into this time of change, exploring themes that are still at play, with Vladslavić's singular attention to detail and character. For my full review, see: roughghosts/2017/04/02/ou

    5. Four stories, each featuring the Johannesburg area and habitation expansion. A census taker, a sanitary engineer, artist and architect, all are involved in one way or another with explosive suburbs rising out of the veldt. The writing is exceptional, the characters, not as different one from the other, but the situations are. Globalization makes for interesting familiarity (one character loses his cellphone, another watches Raging Bull on tv in his hotel room), but the flavor and atmosphere is u [...]

    6. Every now and then it's refreshing to move from the comfortable known out onto the unknown. Ivan Vladislavic's subject matter was foreign to me: Four stories of men living, working and dreaming in contemporary South Africa. And yet the challenge of relating to these characters was made easier by Vladislavic's portrayals. I may not have recognized all the subtleties of South African culture, and I found myself researching a few terms along the way. But it was a valuable read, and a bit of insight [...]

    7. Four short stories that are connected by location in Africa. The writing is beautiful, and stream of consciousness. There's not always a ton happening because we're in the protagonists' heads a lot, but it's an interesting concept.

    8. In „Exploded View Johannesburg“ (Osburg Verlag) erzählt der Autor Ivan Vladislavic in 4 Kurzgeschichten von dem Alltag in Johannesburg, Südafrika. Er schreibt über einen Mann, der die Volkszählung durchführt und dabei nicht vorankommt, illegalen Siedlern und Südafrikanern, die noch vor Fertiggestellung der Häuser diese besetzen und einem Künstler – sie alle prägen Johannesburg und Johannesburg prägt sie.Südafrika ist für viele trotz der Geschichte des Landes und der immer wiede [...]

    9. four short stories from four very different gauteng residents about their everyday. particularly enjoyed "curio-ser" - thought-provoking insight on images, and consumption of these images, of Africa.

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