Title: Lost and Found in Johannesburg
Author: Mark Gevisser
Type: Memoir, Gay Life
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers South Africa
Cape Town / Johannesburg, South Africa, 2013
ISBN 9781868425884 / ISBN 978-1-86842-588-4
Softcover, 15 x 23cm, 386 pages, several photos
"When I was a boy, in the 1970s", writes Mark Gevisser, introducing to his memoirs Lost and Found in Johannesburg, "I used to play a game I have retroactively called Dispatcher, for hours on end, using my parents' street guide, Holmden's Register of Johannesburg. Ring-bound with a blue cloth cover, its whimsical title and archaic typography conjured a nostalgia for less turbulent times, although I knew none of that, of course, aged seven or eight, when I found a whole world between its covers. Lost and Found in Johannesburg is Mark Gevisser's account of getting lost in his home town, and then finding himself, and then getting lost again, as a gay Jewish South African who was raised under apartheid and who became an adult and married a man of a different race as the country moved towards freedom. If Mark Gevisser transcended boundaries by playing “Dispatcher” as a boy, his own boundaries were brutally ruptured when he was attacked in a home invasion in January 2012, while completing this book. Using maps and memories, photographs and stories, Lost and Found in Johannesburg presents a new way of understanding race and sexuality, heritage and otherness.