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The Resource Lost and found in Johannesburg : a memoir, Mark Gevisser

Lost and found in Johannesburg : a memoir, Mark Gevisser

Label
Lost and found in Johannesburg : a memoir
Title
Lost and found in Johannesburg
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Mark Gevisser
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "An inner life of Johannesburg that turns on the author's fascination with maps, boundaries, and transgressions This singular memoir begins with a transgression--the invasion of a private home in Johannesburg. But it is far more than the story of a theft. Lost and Found in Johannesburg is a luminous exploration of place, one in which the author's and the reader's assumptions are constantly being tested. As a child growing up in apartheid South Africa, Mark Gevisser was obsessed with maps--and with Holmden's Register, Johannesburg's street guide, in particular. He played a game called Dispatcher with this eccentric guide, transporting himself across the city into places that would otherwise be forbidden to him. It was through Dispatcher that he discovered apartheid by realizing that he could not find an access route to the neighboring township of Alexandra and, later, by realizing that Soweto was not mapped at all. This was the beginning of his lifelong obsession with maps and photographs, and what they tell us about borders and boundaries--how we define ourselves by staying within them or by transgressing them. This memoir is an account of getting lost in one's hometown, and then finding oneself as a gay Jewish South African who was raised under apartheid and who eventually married a man of a different race as the country moved toward freedom. Using maps, shards of memory, photographs, and stories, Gevisser constructs a stunning portrait of race and sexuality, heritage and otherness"--
  • "An inner-life of Johannesburg that turns on the author's fascination with maps, boundaries, and transgressions"--
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  • Provided by publisher
  • Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gevisser, Mark
Dewey number
  • 824/.914
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9369.3.G48
LC item number
Z46 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gevisser, Mark
  • Authors, South African
  • Johannesburg (South Africa)
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • HISTORY / Africa / South / Republic of South Africa
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
Label
Lost and found in Johannesburg : a memoir, Mark Gevisser
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/761/9780374176761/image/lgcover.9780374176761.jpg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-319)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn846545256
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 328 pages
Isbn
9780374176761
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013033018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)846545256
  • (Sirsi) a1795367
Label
Lost and found in Johannesburg : a memoir, Mark Gevisser
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/761/9780374176761/image/lgcover.9780374176761.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-319)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn846545256
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 328 pages
Isbn
9780374176761
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013033018
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)846545256
  • (Sirsi) a1795367

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