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Mark Gevisser


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Mark Gevisser is an Open Society Fellow and a prize-winning South African author. His new book is available in the United Kingdom as Dispatcher: Lost and Found in Johannesburg (Granta), and in South Africa as Lost and Found in Johannesburg (Jonathan Ball), and in the United States by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in April, as Lost and Found in Johannesburg: A Memoir.

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.

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Advance Publicity 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

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  Latest News


Dispatcher: Lost and Found in Johannesburg

Latest Reviews

"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 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

"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

Click here if you would like to contact the publicists at Mark's publishers, or his literary agent

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Mark's new research as an Open Society Fellow

As an Open Society Fellow, Mark is researching his next book, which is provisionally called "the Global Sexuality Frontier". The book will look at the new global struggle for the rights of sexual minorities, and the struggles arising out of it.

Read more about Mark's fellowship and new research project:

The Sexuality Frontier

Here is a podcast of a talk Mark gave about his research at the Open Society Institute's offices in New York, in April 2013

Here is an article Mark has written about his research on the Open Society Institute of South Africa's Website

Here is an article Mark published in The Guardian about his research in the Phillipines


  Recent writing

"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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