On Sunday December 11, the Mudd Up Book Clubb returns to Manhattan, to discuss Lauren Beukes’ 2010 novel Zoo City. If you wanted to throw genre signifiers at it, you could say that it’s new African urban fantasy sci-fi noir with a strong musical component. There is even an accompanying soundtrack , released on African Dope records:
As I wrote in my August post on Zoo City, “It’s weird noir, set in contemporary Johannesburg, featuring an ex-junkie protagonist named Zinzi December and her magic sloth. The unconventional pair is caught in a web of intrigue involving murder, 419 email scams, and a missing kwaito/afropop teen star. In short, it sounds like a book specifically engineered for my peer group.” Check out the full post for more thoughts on Zoo City, or join us on December 11th in New York City for realtime talk.
Past Book Clubb selections:
November 2011 NYC edition: Samuel R. Delany Times Square Red, Times Square Blue
September 2011 Tangiers edition: Juan Goytisolo – Exiled from Everywhere
August 2011: Madrid edition: Cesar Aira – How I Became a Nun
June 2011: Casablanca edition: Maureen F. McHugh – Nekropolis