A thousand tales of Johannesburg by Harry Kalmer
Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd, 29 January 2016
Soft cover, 288 pages
A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg is Harry Kalmer's spellbinding ode to Johannesburg and its people. This is the story of Sara, who poses stiffly for a photo with her four children at Turffontein concentration camp in 1901, and of Abraham, who paints the street names on Johannesburg's kerbs. It is the tale of their grandson Zweig, a young architect who has to leave Johannesburg when he falls in love with the wrong person, and of Marceline, a Congolese mother who flees to the city only to be caught up in a wave of xenophobic violence. Spanning more than a hundred years, A Thousand Tales of Johannesburg is a novel that documents and probes the lives of the inhabitants of this incomparable African city - the exiled, those returning from exile, and those who never left.