South African journalist and novelist, Niq Mhlongo, has edited a new collection of short stories titled Joburg Noir. This anthology will be published by Jacana Media and is set to release on October 26.

Mhlongo shared a peak of the cover on Instagram last week:

Joburg Noir features short stories by 22 South African writers: Sam Mathe, Fred Khumalo, Lidudumalingani, Keletso Mopai, Sibongile Fisher, Kgomotso Masemola, Styles Lucas Ledwaba, Mapule Mohulatsi, Khanyi Magubane, Sifiso Mzobe, Gloria Bosman, Nedine Moonsamy, Yewande Omotoso, Mabel Mnensa, Nthikeng Mohlele, Eusebius McKaiser, Siphiwo Mahala, Nkateko Masinga, Mzuvukile Maqetuka, Sydney Mojoko, and Michelle van Heerden.

As with similar anthologies like Lagos Noir, Nairobi Noir, and Addis Ababa Noir, Joburg Noir paints a complex portrait of Johannesburg by a diverse set of writers who have experienced the struggles and joys of calling it home from the apartheid era to the present.

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Read a description by Jacana Media below:

Joburg Noir is a collection of writings about memories, legends, loss, jokes, stories, myths and experiences by twenty-two gifted and versatile authors in South Africa. It makes the reader experience present-day Johannesburg as if one were in the past. The stories seek to understand, reconstruct, reinvent and recover this city space of loss, joy, deprivation, resistance and possibility by revealing its complex dynamics. They are funny, shocking, violent, absurd, strangely tender and memorable.

Their lasting resonance lies in the fact that they invoke the joys and traumas of the past and present, making the two co-exist and interlock.

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