Flashback Hotel (Paperback)

By Ivan Vladislavic

Archipelago, 9781939810113, 280pp.

Publication Date: April 16, 2019

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Collects two volumes of short stories by one of contemporary South Africa's most acclaimed novelists.

With a tender wit, Vladislavić cuts through the ordinary, the profound, and the truly perplexing to reveal absurdities and truisms alike. From a man who forms a strong emotional attachment to his neighbor's wall to the etymology-obsessed inventor of the Omniscope, Vladislavic's characters are as well-constructed as his sentences and as playful as his prose. Flashback Hotel collects two volumes of short stories by one of contemporary South Africa's most acclaimed novelists.

About the Author

Ivan Vladislavic is the author of the novels The Restless Supermarket, The Folly, and Double Negative, and the short story collections Flashback Hotel and The Exploded View. His most recent novel is The Distance. In 2006, he published Portrait with Keys: The City of Johannesburg Unlocked, a sequence of documentary texts on Johannesburg. TJ/Double Negative, a collaboration with photographer David Goldblatt, received the 2011 Kraszna-Krausz Award for best photography book. His work has won the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the Alan Paton Award, the University of Johannesburg Prize, and the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize for fiction. He lives in Johannesburg where he is a Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Praise For Flashback Hotel

"Sparkling, facetious, and entertaining." — Kirkus Reviews

"The writing has a quality of unpredictability, a wildness that seeps through the fabric of Vladislavić's peerless linguistic control... Ivan Vladislavić is one of the most significant writers working in English today. Everyone should read him." -- Katie Kitamatura, BOMB Magazine

"Vladislavić is a rare, brilliant writer. His work eschews all cant. Its sheer verve, the way it burrows beneath ossified forms of writing, its discipline and the distance it places between itself and the jaded preoccupations of local fiction, distinguish it." --Sunday Times

"His stylistic virtuosity, sardonic wit, playful inventiveness, and his cool intimations of menace transmute the banal into something rich and strange loaded with comic and philosophical significance." -- Mail & Guardian Review of Books

"One of South Africa's most finely tuned observers." -- Ted Hodgkinson, Times Literary Supplement

"Vladislavić is sensitively attuned to the uncanny phenomena that explode from the social fault lines of his city." -- Patrick Flanery, The Guardian

"Vladislavić is without doubt the most significant writer in South Africa today." -- Focus on Africa

"Ivan Vladislavić manages to mine southern African ore for the universal gem, delivering it in magical, lapidary prose. He fulfills every writer’s hope, as W.H. Auden put it, "to be, like some valley cheese, local, but prized elsewhere.” And prized he deserves to be." — Peter Godwin

Praise for Ivan Vladislavić:

"The Exploded View is a small masterpiece by one of the best writers working today."-- Jan Steyn, The Quarterly Conversation

"Outrageously deadpan funny, stylish and prophetic."-- Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

"Vladislavić's cryptic, haunting tale echoes Jorge Luis Borges and David Lynch, drawing readers into its strange depths."-- Publishers Weekly

"His art is about loosening the terrible grip of a world of dead images and opening the flow of new perceptions and fresh understanding."-- Sunday Independent

"Occupying a tantalizingly unnameable region between fable, allegory, and parable, Vladislavić pushes at form and content to make something strangely new and profound of the novel."-- Neel Mukherjee

"Vladislavić's narrative intelligence is nowhere more visible than in his way with language itself. Each section is perfectly judged; we enter incidents in medias res - as though they were piano études - and exit them before we have overstayed our welcome."-- Teju Cole

"'Vladislavić is a weaver of spells, and I read [The Folly] at once captivated and cautious as to how it would cap off its vaunting fantasy . . . a satire on - and a love letter to - human gullibility, and, as such, quite strange, and as special as it is strange."--Jonathan Gibbs, The Independent