The JRB, Vol. 2, Issue 12 (December 2018)
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Welcome to Vol. 2, Issue 12 of The Johannesburg Review of Books—our second annual Fiction Issue!

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[The JRB exclusive] Read an excerpt from Ivan Vladislavić’s forthcoming novel, The Distance

[Debut fiction] ‘Paying for Independence’, a new short story by Sisonke Msimang

[The JRB exclusive] Read an excerpt from Nuruddin Farah’s new novel, North of Dawn

[Sponsored] ‘Why can’t a girl from Soweto become a mermaid?’ Mohale Mashigo chats about her new book, Intruders

[The JRB exclusive] Read an excerpt from a work in progress by Achmat Dangor

[New short fiction] ‘Man of God’, a new short story by Odafe Atogun

[Sponsored] Find out more about Chigozie Obioma’s new novel, An Orchestra of Minorities

‘The Story of My Cousin’ by Koos Prinsloo, newly translated by Michiel Heyns

‘The Story of My Father’ by Koos Prinsloo, newly translated by Michiel Heyns

[New short fiction] ‘Chasing Shadows’, a new short story by Palesa Manaleng

[The JRB exclusive] Johannesburg’s ‘is a beauty that is heard as much as it is felt’—An excerpt from Nthikeng Mohlele’s new novel, Illumination

[Sponsored] Read an excerpt and view photos from Michelle Obama’s intimate, powerful and inspiring memoir, Becoming

[New short fiction] ‘How the War Ended for Jonathan’, a new short story by Byron Loker

‘The History of Emil Coetzee’, an excerpt from a work in progress by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu

Read an excerpt from Kagiso Lesego Molope’s new novel, Such a Lonely, Lovely Road

[Sponsored] New book alert! We Are No Longer at Ease: The Struggle for #FeesMustFall

[The JRB exclusive] Read an excerpt from Frank Owen’s new post-apocalyptic novel, North

[Poetry] Read an excerpt from Stephen Symons’s new collection of poetry, Landscapes of Light and Loss

[Photo Editor] Original portraits of Binyavanga Wainaina and Zakes Mda by Victor Dlamini

Ivorian author Armand Gauz wins 2018 Prix-Ivoire for his novel Camarade Papa

The JRB Daily

[World Aids Day] Two Koos Prinsloo short stories translated into English for the first time—among the first fictional texts about HIV/Aids in South Africa

Panashe Chigumadzi wins 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Rights of Conquest, Rights of Desire, published in The JRB

Three African authors up for International Dublin Literary Award – the world’s richest annual literary prize

2018 South African Literary Awards winners announced—Mongane Wally Serote is South Africa’s new Poet Laureate

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