Re-Assembling the City in Ivan Vladislavić’s Novels

Luiza Caraivan 1
  • 1 ‘Dimitrie Cantemir’ University, Timişoara


The paper analyses the various aspects of the city as described by the South African writer Ivan Vladislavić in the novel Portrait with Keys. Hunters, gatherers and urban poachers are the inhabitants of the South African city bordering the veld, a city whose economic centre has been moved to the suburbs due to high rates of crime.

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