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The Distance by Ivan Vladislavic
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The Distance

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Narrator Dennis Kleinman

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Length 7 hours 20 minutes
Language English
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Summary

A boxing bildungsroman—a collage of memories, love, resistance, and the spectacle of Muhammad Ali in Apartheid South Africa.



In the spring of 1970, a Pretoria schoolboy, Joe, becomes obsessed with Muhammad Ali. He begins collecting daily newspaper clippings about him, a passion that grows into an archive of scrapbooks. Forty years later, when Joe has become a writer, these scrapbooks become the foundation for a memoir of his childhood. When he calls upon his brother, Branko, for help uncovering their shared past, meaning comes into view in the spaces between then and now, growing up and growing old, speaking out and keeping silent.

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