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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (15 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374176760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374176761
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "A Legacy of Liberation"

"Probably the finest piece of non-fiction to come out of South Africa since the end of apartheid." --"The Times Literary Supplement"

"Mark Gevisser asks profound questions--about race, sexuality, faith, and politics--while examining both his own history and that of his beloved Johannesburg. The result, "Lost and Found in Johannesburg", is unlike any other book I know. It is illuminating, unsettling, engrossing, often funny, and, in a word, brilliant." --Claire Messud, author of "The Woman Upstairs

""Outstanding. A genuinely strange, marvelous, and complex account of a self and a city. Mark Gevisser does for Johannesburg what Orhan Pamuk did for Istanbul. Gevisser is as intimate and sophisticated a guide as one would wish for to this great, troubled metropolis." --Teju Cole, author of "Open City

""Mark Gevisser brilliantly maps out multiple worlds fractured by race, class, and history in a story as complex and beautiful as any memoir I've ever read." --Dinaw Mengestu, author of "All Our Names

""Apartheid is a phenomenal teacher, and Mark Gevisser has converted its untold lessons about geography and gender into a fascinating memoir about the making of a cosmopolitan." --Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution"

"[Mark Gevisser] is unflinching in his account of the complex contradictions that still haunt his country." --Andrea Denhoed, "The New Yorker" "Gevisser . . . is acutely aware of the historical ironies in his story. . . . Part memoir, part psychogeography, his book is concerned with life as it's lived in these liminal spaces, which, in Gevisser's fine handling, take on both physical and symbolic dimensions." --Emma Brockes, "The Guardian" "Mark Gevisser asks profound questions--about race, sexuality, faith, and politics--while examining both his own history and that of his beloved Johannesburg. The result, "Lost and Found in Johannesburg," is unlike any other book I know. It is illuminating, unsettling, engrossing, often funny, and, in a word, brilliant." --Claire Messud, author of "The Woman Upstairs
""Outstanding. A genuinely strange, marvelous, and complex account of a self and a city. Mark Gevisser does for Johannesburg what Orhan Pamuk did for Istanbul. Gevisser is as intimate and sophisticated a guide as one would wish for to this great, troubled metropolis." --Teju Cole, author of "Open City
""Mark Gevisser brilliantly maps out multiple worlds fractured by race, class, and history in a story as complex and beautiful as any memoir I've ever read." --Dinaw Mengestu, author of "All Our Names
""Apartheid is a phenomenal teacher, and Mark Gevisser has converted its untold lessons about geography and gender into a fascinating memoir about the making of a cosmopolitan." --Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution"

[Mark Gevisser] is unflinching in his account of the complex contradictions that still haunt his country.--Andrea Denhoed "The New Yorker "

Gevisser . . . is acutely aware of the historical ironies in his story. . . . Part memoir, part psychogeography, his book is concerned with life as it's lived in these liminal spaces, which, in Gevisser's fine handling, take on both physical and symbolic dimensions.--Emma Brockes "The Guardian (UK) "

Mark Gevisser asks profound questions--about race, sexuality, faith, and politics--while examining both his own history and that of his beloved Johannesburg. The result, "Lost and Found in Johannesburg," is unlike any other book I know. It is illuminating, unsettling, engrossing, often funny, and, in a word, brilliant.--Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs

Outstanding. A genuinely strange, marvelous, and complex account of a self and a city. Mark Gevisser does for Johannesburg what Orhan Pamuk did for Istanbul. Gevisser is as intimate and sophisticated a guide as one would wish for to this great, troubled metropolis.--Teju Cole, author of Open City

Mark Gevisser brilliantly maps out multiple worlds fractured by race, class, and history in a story as complex and beautiful as any memoir I've ever read.--Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names

Apartheid is a phenomenal teacher, and Mark Gevisser has converted its untold lessons about geography and gender into a fascinating memoir about the making of a cosmopolitan.--Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution

[Mark Gevisser] is unflinching in his account of the complex contradictions that still haunt his country. Andrea Denhoed, "The New Yorker"

Gevisser . . . is acutely aware of the historical ironies in his story. . . . Part memoir, part psychogeography, his book is concerned with life as it's lived in these liminal spaces, which, in Gevisser's fine handling, take on both physical and symbolic dimensions. Emma Brockes, "The Guardian (UK)"

Mark Gevisser asks profound questions--about race, sexuality, faith, and politics--while examining both his own history and that of his beloved Johannesburg. The result, "Lost and Found in Johannesburg," is unlike any other book I know. It is illuminating, unsettling, engrossing, often funny, and, in a word, brilliant. Claire Messud, author of The Woman Upstairs

Outstanding. A genuinely strange, marvelous, and complex account of a self and a city. Mark Gevisser does for Johannesburg what Orhan Pamuk did for Istanbul. Gevisser is as intimate and sophisticated a guide as one would wish for to this great, troubled metropolis. Teju Cole, author of Open City

Mark Gevisser brilliantly maps out multiple worlds fractured by race, class, and history in a story as complex and beautiful as any memoir I've ever read. Dinaw Mengestu, author of All Our Names

Apartheid is a phenomenal teacher, and Mark Gevisser has converted its untold lessons about geography and gender into a fascinating memoir about the making of a cosmopolitan. Diane McWhorter, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Gevisser is the author of the prizewinning "A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream" and "Portraits of Power: Profiles in a Changing South Africa." He is the coeditor of "Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa." His journalism has appeared in "The Guardian," "The New York Times," "Granta," and other publications. He is the writer of the award-winning documentary film "The Man Who Drove with Mandela." Born in Johannesburg in 1964, he lives in France and South Africa. Gevisser was a Writing Fellow at the University of Pretoria from 2009 to 2012 and an Open Society Fellow from 2012 to 2013. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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If you are interested in Johannesburg as a unique cultural space, you should read this book. However, I found the extensive details about the author's family history a bit tiresome and nearly gave up on the book less that one third of the way through. Also, the account of the armed house robbery, in which he was one of the victims, felt like it was grafted onto the book as an afterthought, was a bit too hot and heavy, and involved too much middle class wallowing.

If you are going to read one such book, rather read Ivan Vladislavic's Portait with Keys, which Gevisser refers to several times in his book.
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Heavy going memoir which I had expected to enjoy because of my interest in Southern Africa.
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Glad I don't live there anymore
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