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JM Coetzee, Ivan Vladislavic and NoViolet Bulawayo Read at the Worlds Literature Festival

JM Coetzee, Xiaolu Guo, Julia Franck and Ivan Vladislavić

JM Coetzee, Ivan Vladislavić, NoViolet Bulawayo, CJ Driver and Isobel Dixon recently took part in the in the 10th annual Worlds Literature Festival, organised by Writers’ Centre Norwich.

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Bulawayo read from her Etisalat Prize-winning novel We Need New Names, while Coetzee read a short story identified by festival-goers on Twitter as “Nicht Verloren” (probably his much-talked-about 2009 story “Nietverloren” from Ten Years of the Caine Prize for African Writing). Vladislavić read a short excerpt from Double Negative, which was recently re-released in the United Kingdom along with The Restless Supermarket.

Rowan Whiteside of Writers’ Centre Norwich reports that Vladislavić’s reading had the audience enraptured:

The highlight of the week, however, was seeing Ivan read from Double Negative to a packed audience. It was probably one of the best readings I’ve ever heard from an author (and I’ve been to a lot of literary events). Ivan read alongside Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee and began by saying what an inspiration Coetzee was to him, and how honoured he was to read alongside such an iconic writer.

There was a pindrop silence as Ivan read. The words seemed to sluice the audience from Norwich to South Africa, 200-odd people transported from a dark theatre to a sun-baked land, rich with possibility. The power of Ivan’s writing seeped into the room and created a world filled with bright imagery and ordinary tragedy.

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Isobel Dixon and Ivan VladislavićJM Coetzee

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Writers’ Centre Norwich tweeted from the event using the hashtag #worlds14:

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