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Johannesburg in a time of darkness: Ivan Vladislavić’s new memoir reminds us of the city’s fragility

Johannesburg in a time of darkness: Ivan Vladislavić’s new memoir reminds us of the city’s fragility

IVAN Vladislavic is Johannesburg’s literary linkman. He tells us, in the first pages of his new book, The Near North, that before cities were lit, first by gaslight and later electricity, people of means paid torchbearers to escort them through dark and perilous streets. “In Paris,” he observes, “these linkmen were often police spies or informers, while in London they were more likely to be in league with criminals”. For his part, Vladislavic believes that the real linkmen are Johannesburg’s car guards. They emerge from the darkness not so much to guard cars as to give middle-class drivers the illusion…
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Pope Francis reflects on his life and mortality in memoir

Pope Francis reflects on his life and mortality in memoir

POPE Francis, at 87 increasingly weak and wobbly, takes a trip down memory lane and speaks of his hopes for the Roman Catholic Church's future in a new book reflecting on his life and its intersection with major world events. "Life - My Story Through History," a memoir written with Italian journalist Fabio Marchese Ragona and published by HarperCollins, goes on sale on March 19, the 11th anniversary of Francis' installation as the first Latin American pope. While offering little that is new, the 230-page book is a breezy, conversational-style read starting with his childhood in Buenos Aires to today. It is…
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Prince Harry’s memoir sheds light on bust-ups among British royals

Prince Harry’s memoir sheds light on bust-ups among British royals

MICHAEL HOLDEN and CHARLIE DEVEREUX BRITAIN'S Prince Harry says his older brother and heir to the throne Prince William knocked him to the floor during a 2019 argument over Harry's American wife Meghan in his much-awaited memoir which went on sale days early in Spain. In his book "Spare", Harry also discloses how the brothers, the sons of King Charles, had begged their father not to marry his second wife Camilla, now Queen Consort, and that he had taken cocaine as a teenager. The book was due to be published on Jan. 10, but the Guardian newspaper printed leaked extracts overnight, and…
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