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Mark Gevisser is a prize-winning South African author. His latest book is Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Granta, Jonathan Ball).

Read this essay to get an idea of what the book's about: Going back to my routes.

Read this extract from The Telegraph.

Read this extract from The Nation.

Read here about Mark's next book, about the Global Sexuality Frontier, based on his work as an Open Society Fellow. The Sexuality Frontier.


Endorsements for Lost and Found in Johannesburg

"What is a city? What is a self? How, when a city is also 'home', are physical place and abstract identity interwoven? Mark Gevisser's extraordinary memoir asks profound questions -- about race, sexuality, faith and politics -- while examining both his own history and that of his beloved Johannesburg. The resultis 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 and The Emperor's Children

"Outstanding. A genuinely strange, marvelous, and complex account of a self and a city. Does for Johannesburg what 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

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Mark's Last Book

Mark's last book, A Legacy of Liberation: Thabo Mbeki and the Future of the South African Dream was published by Palgrave Macmillan in the UK, and by Jonathan Ball in South Africa under the title, Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred. It was the winner of the Sunday Times 2008 Alan Paton Prize and was lauded by the Times Literary Supplement as "probably the finest piece of non-fiction to come out of South Africa since the end of apartheid". Read more...

André Brink on "A Legacy of Liberation" in the Saturday Telegraph

Advance Praise for “A Legacy of Liberation”

Praise for the South African edition

Buy the book

  Mark's recent writing on the "The Pink Line: The World's Queer Frontiers" – the topic of his upcoming book, to be published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux and Jonathan Ball in 2019

"House of Rainbow: LGBT rights balanced on the Pink Line", Griffith Review 59, Commonwealth Now, January 2018.

"Love's Runaway's: The Gay Ugandans Forced into Exile", The Guardian, 18 May 2016.

"LGBT Power Surge: Why Russia, Uganda and other repressive states are fighting a losing battle against sexual freedom", Foreign Policy, December 2015.

"The transgender woman fighting for her right to see her son", The Guardian, 12 November 2015.

"Engendered: The Trans community is coming out and bringing with it a depth of understanding of what it means to be human", The Nation, 6 April 2015.

"Self-Made Man", Granta 129: Fate, 2015.

"Kanaga's choices: Queer and transgender identity in the digital age", Global Information Society Watch, 2015.

"Love in Exile", The Guardian, 27 November 2014.

Tiwonge - Guardian - Pieter Bauermeister
© Pieter Bauermeister from the Guardian

Dispatcher: Lost and Found in Johannesburg

Latest Reviews

"Lost and Found in Johannesburg" maps the growth of a writer and nation, review by Scott Kraft, LA Times, 1 August 2014

"A Love Letter to Johannesburg", review by Emma Brockes, The Guardian, 11 July 2014

Briefly Noted, New Yorker, 23 June 2014

New Maps of Africa: Striking Portraits of Lagos and Johannesburg, review of Mark's book together with Teju Cole's Every Day is For The Thief , Hedley Twidle, New Statesman, 20 June 2014

Lost and Found in Johannesburg, review by Robert Collison, The Star (Toronto), 12 May 2014

Lost and Found in Johannesburg, review by Garth Greenwell, Towerload, 8 May 2014

Books to Watch Out For in April, The New Yorker, 1 April 2014

Lost and Found in Johannesburg, Booklist, 1 April 2014

How To Get Across South Africa's Many Boundaries, Michela Wrong inThe Spectator, 14 February 2014

"A South African Childhood: Call of the Wild", The Economist, 1 February 2014

Lost and Found in Johannesburg - A Review by Ted Botha, author of "Apartheid in My Rucksack", SA People, 13 March 2014

Lost and Found in Johannesburg, reviewed by Michele Magwood, Sunday Times, 30 March 2014

"Memoir of a Savage Eden", Mandla Langa, The Times, 31 March 2014

"Shaped and Shafted by the City", Luke Alfred, Mail & Guardian, 16 April 2014

Latest Public Appearances

Mark was at the Jaipur Literary Festival in India in January 2015:

"Selfie:The Art of the Memoir", 23 January 2015

"Shadow Play: The Art of Biography", 23 January 2015

"Coming Out: Tales They Don't Tell", 22 January 2015

Latest Print Interviews and Reports

"Book Talk: S.A writer maps personal history with Johannesburg's", Ed Stoddard, Reuters, 24 April 2014

"Here Be Dragons: A Real Conversation Held in Imaginary Space by Damon Galgut and Mark Gevisser", Sunday Times, 30 March 2014

"Mapping Mark Gevisser", by Wamuwi Mbao, Slipnet, 24 March 2014

"Beyond the Boundaries," by Margaret von Klemperer, The Witness, 19 March 2014

Lost and Found in Johannesburg: Book Review, Business Day, 18 March 2014

"Mark Gevisser: The Divided Citizen", by Charl Blignaut, City Press, 9 March 2014

Five minutes with Author Mark Gevisser, The Times, 25 February 2014

Latest Radio Interviews and Podcasts

Mark is interviewed on BBC Scotland's "Sunday Morning With...", 18 August 2014

"Queer Afropolitans": Mark in conversation with Kwame Anthony Appiah at the Cuny Graduate Center, New York, 6 May 2014

Mark in conversation with Gillian Slovo at Jewish Book Week, London, 22 February 2014

Mark is interviewed by Michele Magwood for TMRadio, 20 March 2014

Mark is interviewed by John Maytham for CapeTalk, 14 March 2014

Mark Gevisser and Jonny Steinberg: The Granta Podcast. Mark discusses Lost and Found in Johannesburg with Jonny Steinberg, as well as Jonny's new essay, The Defeated, which is in the latest Granta, 13 March 2014

Mark is interviewed for www.polity.org.za, 10 March 2014

Mark in conversation with Eusebius McKaiser on PowerFM, 7 March 2014

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  Other recent writing

Why I am voting for South Africa’s Ramaphosa
New York Times, 7 May 2019

Zanele Muholi: Dark Lioness
The Economist 1843 Magazine, June/July 2018

House of Rainbow: the new pink line dividing the world
The Guardian, March 3, 2018

Zuma goes down laughing - at us
Mail & Guardian, February 9, 2018

Coetzee's Boyhood Photographs
New York Review of Books, January 19, 2018

South Africa’s Cattle King President (Cyril Ramaphosa)
New York Review of Books, December 22, 2017

Letter from South Africa
BBC Radio 4, December 12, 2017

A Seismic Shock for Jacob Zuma
New York Times, August 9, 2016

An American Is Murdered During Apartheid's Final Days: Was Justice Served?
New York Times, July 20, 2016

Jacob Zuma Must Go
New York Times, April 3, 2016

Are Julius Malema and his redshirts the new guardians of our Constitution?
City Press, 14 February, 2016

Mbeki & Co wrote the Zuma script
City Press, 20 December, 2015

South African students must take movement to society for real progress
LA Times, 18 April, 2015

The Nation, 6 April, 2015

The global culture wars
Mail & Guardian, January, 2015

The blood on the streets is real. France is in terrible pain
Sunday Times, 11 January, 2015

Elation meets terror when cultures collide
Sunday Times, 4 January, 2015

Love in exile
The Guardian, 27 November, 2014

Self-Made Man
Granta, October, 2014

Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange - review
The Guardian, 9 October, 2014

We live in a corrosive society, trapped between fear and lawlessness
Sunday Times, 14 September, 2014

The Oscar Pistorius Trial is Not a Parable
Financial Times, 12 September, 2014

"The World of Epainette Mbeki: A Mother and a Comrade to the End", Obituary
Mail & Guardian, 7 June, 2014

Pistorius, Zuma: Is this really the best South Africa can do?
LA Times, 27 April, 2014

Wer eine homosexuelle Partnerschaft eingeht, ist zu 14 Jahren Gevangis zu verurteilen
Die Zeit, January 16, 2014

Life Under Russia's 'Gay Propaganda' Ban
New York Times, December 27, 2013

Goodbye, Madiba
Daily Beast, December 15, 2013

The Nation Also Mourns the Death of the Madiba Era's Idealism
Mail & Guardian, December 13, 2013

Rowdy Crowds At Mandela Tribute
Daily Beast, December 12, 2013

South Africa Mourns Mandela
Daily Beast, December 15, 2013

Nelson Mandela's Impact on Gay Rights
Huffington Post, December 8, 2013

Mandela: The Last Good Man: An Obituary
Daily Beast, December 5, 2013

Madiba: A Symbol for the Power of Good : An Obituary
Mail & Guardian, December 5, 2013

Human Rights vs Homophobia: Who is winning Africa's cultural wars
Open Society Institute of South Africa, June 20 2013

Ang Ladlad party brings beauty parlours and gay pageants out to vote in Philippines
The Guardian , May 12 2013

South Africa's 'Marikana Moment'
The Nation, September 19 2012

Robert Silvers on the Paris and New York "Reviews"
The Paris Review, March 20, 2012

Towards a progressive culture
Mail & Guardian, March 16 2012

South Africa leads United Nations on gay rights
Mail & Guardian, March 9 2012

The Truth vs The State
Sunday Times Review, December 4 2011

The Truth vs The State
Times LIVE, December 2011

Going Back to My Routes: Finding a Way to Call Johannesburg Home
Mail & Guardian, September 23-29 2011

Africa needs its judiciary to underpin social progress
Guardian.co.uk, August 2011

A journey into nostalgia
Sunday Times, July 2011

Granta 114: Edenvale

The South African women living in fear of rape
Guardian.co.uk, May 2011

"Figures & Fictions" - South African photography
at the V&A

Guardian.co.uk, April 2011

A Just Defiance by Peter Harris - review
Guardian.co.uk, April 2011

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