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The Loss Library and Other Unfinished Stories (Seagull Books - The Africa List) Hardcover – February 15, 2012
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“I couldn't resist the allure of Ivan Vladislavic’s book of might-have-beens, and now that I’ve finished it, I am totally charmed by its originality and elegance.”
(Christopher Reid, author of A Scattering and The Song of Lunch)
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Besides being beautifully and carefully written account of decisions made and expeditions into story abandoned, The Loss Library is a work of art in its own right. Each of the "stories" is different: some are dreamlike and surreal – like the Loss Library itself, others pragmatic and ironic. Some cast light on earlier fiction by Vladislavic who is surely one of the best writers living in South Africa at the moment.
The final paragraph says it all: "Not writing is always a relief and sometimes a pleasure. Writing about what cannot be written, by contrast, is the devil's own job. Yet words on a page make all things possible. Any line, even this one, may be a place to begin." Thank you again, Ivan for a unique book.