Vladislavić, Ivan

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Biography and Bibliography (Good Reads)



“The Distance.” Kirkus Reviews, vol. 88, no. 13, 2020

Foster, Claire. “Flashback Hotel.” ForeWord Reviews, vol. 22, no. 2, 2019

Flashback Hotel.” World Literature Today, vol. 93, no. 2, 2019

Leiding, Reba. “The Exploded View.” Library Journal, vol. 142, no. 2, 2017

Seidel, Matt. “A View of South Africa.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 264, no. 12, 2017

The Folly.” World Literature Today, vol. 90, no. 3/4, 2016

Finnell, Joshua. “The Folly.” Library Journal, vol. 140, no. 17, 2015

Twidle, Hedley. “Lost in Joburg.” New Statesman, Jan. 2015

Gevisser, Mark. “The Venice of the South.” Nation, vol. 298, no. 16, 2014

Smith, Brady. “Double Negative.” Chicago Review, vol. 58, no. 2, 2014

Helicher, Karl. “Double Negative.” ForeWord Reviews, vol. 17, no. 1, 2014

Kruger, Loren. “City of Extremes: The Spatial Politics of Johannesburg and Marginal Spaces: Reading Ivan Vladislavič.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 43, no. 2, 2012

Pinker, Michael. “A Labour of Moles.” Review of Contemporary Fiction, vol. 32, no. 3, 2012

Lenta, Patrick. “‘Everyday Abnormality’: Crime and In/Security in Ivan Vladislavić's Portrait with Keys.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature, vol. 44, no. 1, 2009



Jaeckle, Dominic. “The Solera Process: Interview with Ivan Vladislavic.” Hotel, 2020

Malec, Jennifer. “‘The Fallible Memory is Surely at the Heart of Writing Fiction’ - Jennifer Malec interviews Ivan Vladislavić about His Latest Novel, The Distance.” The Johannesburg Review of Books, 6 May 2019

De Waal, Shaun. “Memoir the Making of a Novel.” Mail and Guardian, 15 Mar. 2019

Foster, Tristan. “Eight Questions for Ivan Vladislavić.” 3:AM Magazine, 1 Dec. 2015

Steyn, Jan. “Interview with Ivan Vladislavić.” The White Review, Aug. 2012



Mbao, Wamuwi. “Terror Terroir: Building Disruptive Possibilities in Ivan Vladislavić’s The Folly.” Journal of Literary Studies, vol. 36, no. 4, 2020

Kębłowska-Ławniczak, Ewa. “In Search of a New Epistemology of the Urban in the Writing of Ivan Vladislavić.” Brno Studies in English, vol. 45, no. 1, 2019

Ngara, Kudzayi. “Truncated Cosmopolitanisms: Post-Apartheid Literary Identities in Ivan Vladislavić’s The Exploded View.” New Cosmopolitanisms, Race, and Ethnicity: Cultural Perspectives, Luczak et al. (eds.), 2019

Holmes, Christopher. “Transition as Democratic Form: The Unfinishable Work of Ivan Vladislavić.” South African Writing in Transition, Barnard and van der Vlies (eds.), 2019

Swanepoel, Rilette. “Illusions of Separation: The Walls in Ivan Vladislavić’s Portrait with Keys.” Current Writing, vol. 30, no. 2, 2018

Dass, Minesh. “‘Wishy-Washy Liberalism’ and ‘the Art of Getting Lost’ in Ivan Vladislavić’s Double Negative.” English in Africa, vol. 44, no. 3, 2017

Naudé, Christiaan. “Ivan Vladislavić’s Aesthetics of Detritus in Autopsy and Propaganda by Monuments.” English in Africa, vol. 44, no. 3, 2017

Kębłowska-Ławniczak, Ewa. “Attempts on the ‘Life’ of Johannesburg: Ivan Vladislavić’s Use of the City Portrait Genre.” Anglica Wratislaviensia, vol. 55, 2017

Swanepoel, Rilette. “Horrors of the Half-Forgotten: Explosive Memories in Ivan Vladislavić’s The Firedogs.” English in Africa, vol. 44, no. 3, 2017

Manià, Kirby. “Writing the Urban Interregnum: Teleology and Transition in Ivan Vladislavić’s Johannesburg.” English Studies in Africa: A Journal of the Humanities, vol. 60, no. 2, 2017

Swanepoel, Rilette. “Everybody Hurts: Abjection, Pain and Laughter in Ivan Vladislavić’s Courage.” Critical Arts, vol. 30, no. 5, 2016

Manià, Kirby. “Diving the Reef: Water Metaphors in the Work of Ivan Vladislavić.” English in Africa, vol. 43, no. 2, 2016

"Reading the Past: Monuments, History and Representation in Short Stories by Ivan Vladislavic and Zoë Wicomb." Journal of Southern African Studies, vol. 36, no. 3, 2010




The Distance (2019)

Double Negative (2011)

A Labour of Moles (2011)

With David Goldblatt, Double Negative (2010)

The Exploded View (2004)

Vladislavic, Ivan et al. The Model Men (2004)

The Restless Supermarket (2001)

The Folly (1993)


Short Story Collections

101 Detectives (2015)

Flashback Hotel (2010)

Propaganda by Monuments and Other Stories (1996)

Missing Persons (1989)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“Save the Pedestals.” The Yale Review, 2020

“101 Detectives.” The Offing, 1 Feb. 2016

“Exit Strategy.” Granta, 13 Apr. 2015

“S.J. Naudé and Ivan Vladislavić In Conversation.” Granta, 12 Dec. 2014

The Loss Library (2011)

Portrait with Keys (2006)

Willem Boshoff (2004)

Fear of Arrival – When the Lights Go out in Johannesburg.” Laphams Quaterly, undated


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Vladislavić Talks about Portrait with Keys. YouTube, 19 Jun. 2017

„Questions while Reading“: Interview with Ivan Vladislavić and Thomas Brückner. YouTube, 2 Jan. 2017

Vladislavić Reads from his Works. YouTube, 7 Jan. 2016

David Goldberg and Ivan Vladislavić: Learning from... Johannesburg. YouTube, 17 May 2013

Ivan Vladislavić Presents The Distance with Peter Godwin. YouTube, undated