oa Alternation - Re-placing dis-placed/missing persons in Vladislavic's Short Stories

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Ivan Vladislavic, in the short story 'Movements' in his first collection of stories, Missing Persons (1989:64), draws the reader's attention to the 'prophetic silence between tracks on a record'. Adopting a satiric mode, Private, the ten years old narrator-protagonist in another story, 'The Prime Minister is Dead', narrativises such silenced and repressed sites in the old recorded history of apartheid. In this story, history personified translates itself into spectacle. History, incarnated in the persona of Verwoerd, transforms into parody when its moments of punctuation, hesitancy and fatigue are caricatured.

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