1783780991
Paperback:Lost and found in Johannesburg : a memoir / Mark Gevisser.:2015 Paperback Lost and found in Johannesburg : a memoir / Mark Gevisser.
Lost and found in Johannesburg : a memoir / Mark Gevisser.
Author: Gevisser, Mark,
Publication year: 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781783780990 (pbk.) :
Extent: 368 pages
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As a boy growing up in 1970s Johannesburg Mark Gevisser would play 'Dispatcher', a game that involved sitting in his father's parked car (or in the study) and sending imaginary couriers on routes across the city, mapped out from Holmden's Register of Johannesburg. As the imaginary fleet made its way across the troubled city and its tightly bound geographies, so too did the young dispatcher begin to figure out his own place in the world. At the centre of this book is the account of a young boy who is obsessed with maps and books, and other boys. Mark Gevisser's account of growing up as the gay son of Jewish immigrants, in a society deeply affected - on a daily basis - by apartheid and its legacy, provides a uniquely layered understanding of place and history.

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