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A Spy In Time (Paperback): Imraan Coovadia A Spy In Time (Paperback)
Imraan Coovadia
R190 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R40 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Making sure the end of the world never happens again – that is Enver Eleven’s task. A spy for the Historical Agency, Enver is based in Johannesburg, the only city to survive – thanks to its mining tunnels – when a supernova hit.

In Enver’s Joburg, time-travelling agents jump between the past and future, searching for an elusive enemy plotting against the Agency. Enver’s mission starts off on shaky ground: when his mentor Shanumi Six disappears, Enver must prove that he is no double agent, an allegation as frightening as a white skin in a world where it has become vanishingly rare.

But if you could go back and change the past, would the future turn out the way you want it to? Imraan Coovadia’s dazzlingly original A Spy In Time is an extraordinary tale for extraordinary times.

Transformations - Essays (Paperback): Imraan Coovadia Transformations - Essays (Paperback)
Imraan Coovadia
R180 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R38 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

What does Playboy have to do with Nabokov’s infamous novel Lolita and his obsession with a butterfly? Why is Shrien Dewani looking so cheap? And what can Ovid's Metamorphosis show us about contemporary South African society? Imraan Coovadia's Transformations is a collection of short pieces in the tradition of the essayist: exciting, probing, intelligent and readable. The essays are on writing, politics and culture from a South African perspective. Written with his signature wit, and with subjects ranging from vuvuzelas to J M Coetzee, Tolstoy to Mbeki, Coovadia's essays cast a wide net and, like literature and the country, never fail to surprise.

Green Eyed Thieves (Paperback): Imraan Coovadia Green Eyed Thieves (Paperback)
Imraan Coovadia; Edited by Annari van der Merwe
R180 R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Save R38 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This is a story of twin boys – identical in appearance but in nothing else. Ashraf is all rage and action – a lover of the real. Firoze is a dreamer and reader - a lover of the ideal. The Dawood family is from Muslim Fordsburg. The father (formally at least) is a merchant and the mother a part-time philosophy lecturer at Wits. Their uncle, known universally as Ten-Per-Cent, lives in the house and shares the ginger-beer factory business with his brother. The story begins in Johannesburg but ends in the US. Ashraf is jailed in Fort Dix Prison in Texas, and Firoze is just settling in New York with his new young wife. Among the cast of characters are Mohammed Atta (of 9/11 notoriety), George Bush, a Pakistani Brigadier in Peshawar, a host of lawyers and assorted crooks of one kind or another, plus various Korean massage parlour girls. Firoze is the narrator and he tells the story while in prison – before finally tricking Ashraf into changing places. The story offers itself as an unconventional family memoir that tells the story of the fortunes of a family of crooks – the green-eyed thieves. The mother is an accomplished shoplifter; the father a master of all forms of theft – including all the suits of the Aga Khan who happened to be the same size as Dawood senior. Firoze, the sophisticated dreamer, is not much good at thieving but Ashraf lives for little else.

Tales Of The Metric System (Hardcover): Imraan Coovadia Tales Of The Metric System (Hardcover)
Imraan Coovadia
R250 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R53 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

From a Natal boarding school in the seventies and Soviet spies in London in the eighties to the 1995 Rugby World Cup and intrigue in the Union Buildings, Tales of the Metric System shows how ten days spread across four decades send tidal waves through the lives of ordinary and extraordinary South Africans alike. An unforgettable cast of characters includes Ann, who is trying to protect her husband and son in 1970, and Victor, whose search for a missing document in 1973 will change his life forever. Rock guitarist Yash takes his boy to the beach on Boxing Day in 1979 to meet his revolutionary cousin, while Shanti, his granddaughter, loses her cellphone and falls in love twice on a lucky afternoon in 2010. Playwrights, politicians, philosophers, and thieves, all caught in their individual stories, burst from the pages of Imraan Coovadia’s Tales of the Metric System as it measures South Africa’s modern history in its own remarkable units of imagination. Simple in concept, complex in construction, a novel which is so much more than the sum of its parts, one which purports to examine the randomness of life while delicately drawing the eye to the butterfly effect of individual acts and exposing the interconnectedness of people. In pristine prose and with a telling eye for detail, Tales of the Metric System leaves the reader with a sense of having undertaken a journey through the familiar only to arrive somewhere completely new – Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love

The Institute For Taxi Poetry (Paperback): Imraan Coovadia The Institute For Taxi Poetry (Paperback)
Imraan Coovadia
R200 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R43 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Solly Greenfields, the first of the taxi poets, has been shot dead. At the Institute for Taxi Poetry, where they train young people to write poetry on the bodywork of Cape Town's taxis, Solly's protege Adam Ravens tries to make sense of his death. Who killed Solly, and why is Adam's son acting so weird? In the world of Imraan Coovadia's new tragicomic novel taxi companies thrive in a single-party state. Taxi poets are admired, sliding-door men rule, professors and politicians strut and fret and connive in a society shaped by violence and ambition, love, and the unsettling power of the imagination.

A Spy in Time (Paperback): Imraan Coovadia A Spy in Time (Paperback)
Imraan Coovadia
R320 R259 Discovery Miles 2 590 Save R61 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Green-eyed Thieves (Hardcover): Imraan Coovadia Green-eyed Thieves (Hardcover)
Imraan Coovadia
R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Hardly a conventional family history, "Green-Eyed Thieves" tells the story of the fortunes of a family of crooks--the green-eyed thieves of the title. The matriarch of this unusual family is a university lecturer and an accomplished shoplifter, and her husband is a master thief whose ingeneous exploits include relieving the Aga Khan of his wardrobe of expensive suits--since they both happened to be the same size. An uncle, universally known as Ten-Per-Cent Farouk, lives with the family in Fordsburg, a suburb of Johannesburg. And Firoze, the narrator of this wickedly humorous novel from South African writer Imraan Coovadia, is a dreamer and a bookworm, who is radically different from, but inextricably bound to, his identical twin, Ashraf." ""Green-Eyed Thieves" follows this clan of skilled criminals and the twins as they embark on a series of mind-boggling adventures that include a love triangle with the twins' perfect match, a masterly heist at Sun City, and a surprise appearance at the White House. Including cameos by George W. Bush, Mohammed Atta, and a Pakistani Brigadier in Peshawar, these original and lively family adventures are sure to delight.

Tales of the Metric System - A Novel (Paperback): Imraan Coovadia Tales of the Metric System - A Novel (Paperback)
Imraan Coovadia
R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"On the borders there were new guerrilla armies. The rouble and the dollar had replaced the pound sterling. The kilometre and the kilogram and the litre were new ways of measuring miles and imperial pounds and fluid ounces. In Zaire, Patrice Lumumba had been murdered on the instruction of the White House...?The measurements made by Curzon College were as outdated as yards and inches. They didn't know what counted."In Tales of the Metric System, Imraan Coovadia's sere, direct sentences light a fire as he parses South Africa across the decades, from 1970 into the present. As Salman Rushdie used Indian independence in Midnight's Children, Coovadia takes his homeland's transition from imperial to metric measurements as his catalyst, holding South Africa up to the light and examining it from multiple perspectives. An elite white housewife married to a radical intellectual; a rock guitarist; the same guitarist's granddaughter thirty years later; a teenaged boy at the mercy of mob justice?-?each story takes place over one of ten days across the decades, and each protagonist has his own stakes, her own moment in time, but each is equally caught in the eddies of change. Tales of the Metric System is clear eyed, harrowing, and formally daring.

Tales of the Metric System - A Novel (Hardcover): Imraan Coovadia Tales of the Metric System - A Novel (Hardcover)
Imraan Coovadia
R884 Discovery Miles 8 840 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"On the borders there were new guerrilla armies. The rouble and the dollar had replaced the pound sterling. The kilometre and the kilogram and the litre were new ways of measuring miles and imperial pounds and fluid ounces. In Zaire, Patrice Lumumba had been murdered on the instruction of the White House...?The measurements made by Curzon College were as outdated as yards and inches. They didn't know what counted."In Tales of the Metric System, Imraan Coovadia's sere, direct sentences light a fire as he parses South Africa across the decades, from 1970 into the present. As Salman Rushdie used Indian independence in Midnight's Children, Coovadia takes his homeland's transition from imperial to metric measurements as his catalyst, holding South Africa up to the light and examining it from multiple perspectives. An elite white housewife married to a radical intellectual; a rock guitarist; the same guitarist's granddaughter thirty years later; a teenaged boy at the mercy of mob justice?-?each story takes place over one of ten days across the decades, and each protagonist has his own stakes, her own moment in time, but each is equally caught in the eddies of change. Tales of the Metric System is clear eyed, harrowing, and formally daring.

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