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This is a luxurious box containing two books, a large book on Johannesburg, TJ, with astonishing pictures by David Goldblatt, and a smaller second book, Double Negative, with a novel by Ivan Vladislavic. This collection is an exceptional duo-edition in a special format—part fiction and part photo-essay.
The book is about Johannesburg and about life in the city, home, habit, change, memory, mortality, friendship, ghosts, gardens, walking, falling, selling, and stealing. It is a partial account of both authors' lives in their neighborhoods; it is a selective self-portrait.
David Goldblatt is the recipient of Henri Cartier-Bresson Award 2009 for this work.
Ivan Vladislavic is one of the most talented authors of South Africa.
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David Goldblatt was born in 1930 in Randfontein, South Africa, the son of Lithuanian-Jewish parents. He became interested in photography in high school, and started his professional career in 1962. Goldblatt's photographs are in the collections of the South African National Gallery, Cape Town; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Ivan Vladislavic is a South African short story writer and novelist. He lives in Johannesburg where he also works as an editor. In the eighties he worked as a fiction and social studies editor at Ravan Press. He was the assistant editor of Staffrider magazine for several years and compiled the commemorative anthology Ten years of Staffrider with Andries Oliphant.
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