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The Folly

ISBN 
9781415205525
Format 
Trade Paperback
Recommended Price 
R200.00
Published 
January 1980
About the book: 
‘YOU CAN’T RUSH THE BUILDING OF A NEW HOUSE. YOU’VE GOT TO GET THE WHOLE THING CLEAR IN THE MIND’S EYE.’
 
Mr and Mrs Malgas are going quietly about their lives when an eccentric squatter called Nieuwenhuizen arrives on the vacant plot next to their home and plans to build an elaborate mansion. Slowly, Father, as Nieuwenhuizen likes to be called, draws Mr Malgas into his grand scheme, while Mrs Malgas keeps an anxious watch from her lounge window.
 
When The Folly first appeared it was read as an evocative allegory on the rise and fall of apartheid. Twenty years on, this remarkably open text is sure to strike a new set of chords. 

Grimly humorous and playfully serious, Ivan Vladislavić’s classic first novel is a comic and philosophical masterpiece.
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About the Author

Ivan Vladislavić is a novelist, essayist and editor. He lives in Johannesburg where he is a Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand.

His books include The Folly, The Restless Supermarket, Portrait with Keys and Double Negative. Among his recent publications are Flashback Hotel, a compendium of early stories, and The Loss Library, a reflection on writing. He has edited volumes on architecture and art. His work has won several prizes, including the University of Johannesburg Prize, the Sunday Times  Fiction Prize and the Alan Paton Award for non-fiction. In 2015, he was awarded Yale University's Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction.

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