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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 11.30.11] South Africa movie news book scifi



District 9 will go down in history as the biggest South African scifi movie, but it won't be alone. "Zoo City" is a Johannesburg-set scif novel from author Lauren Buekes and it's recently made a move to the silver screen following the rights falling to producer Helena Spring (Red Dust), a fellow South African.

Synopsis:
Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. But when a little old lady turns up dead and the cops confiscate her last paycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job – missing persons.

Being hired by reclusive music producer Odi Huron to find a teenybop pop star should be her ticket out of Zoo City, the festering slum where the criminal underclass and their animal companions live in the shadow of hell’s undertow.

Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the maw of a city twisted by crime and magic, where she’ll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives – including her own.




Now, I don't know from Zoo City, but William Gibson has emerged as a fan of the book so that's good enough for me.



You can pick up the Zoo City book here.

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