Thanks to the good people over at South African culture site 10and5 for including Zoo City on their list of African speculative fiction! This list is chocabloc with greats, including Nikhil Singh, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Nnedi Okorafor. Fun fact, 10and5 actually has a cameo in Zoo City – meta, much?
Alexia Rousous writes:
Lauren Beukes is one of South African literature’s biggest names, especially in the field of speculative fiction. Her intricate and captivating prose is even more exciting as it’s often set in familiar landscapes — Zoo City is set in Cape Town — and being able to visualise the streets of the story you’re reading is a surreal and uncommon feeling for most South African readers.
Thanks to Brittle Paper (another favourite lit site) for this photo of Zoo City.