** Lost and Found in Johannesburg by Mark Gevisser


Lost and Found in Johannesburg starts with a delightful child’s game of  wayfinding, using a road atlas in pre-Google Maps days, which leads the author to discover how apartheid denies streets that link areas inhabited by people of different race, and ends with a brutal home invasion, decades later, that leaves the author shaken and confused about his home town. In between, he explores his family’s history, as Lithuanian immigrants and liberals in a city where black people can only live in servant quarters, mandated in every (white) suburban house.

I found the book interestingly meandering, although the lengthy description of the home invasion and the subsequent (wholly ineffective) police investigation and trial seemed to be way too lengthy compared to the rest.

 

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