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The Chronic

– a speculative, future-forward newspaper that travels back in time to re-imagine the present.

 

The next issue of Chimurenga Magazine takes the a one-time only edition of a speculative, pan African weekly newspaper that travels back in time to re-imagine the present. Both a bold art project and a hugely ambitious publishing venture, The Chronic comprises of a 128-page multi-section broadsheet, the stand-alone 40 page Chronic Life Magazine and a self-contained 96 page Chronic Book Review Magazine.
Back-dated to the week May 18-24 2008 – the first week of the xenophobic violence across South Africa three years ago, the Chronic is an opportunity to provide the depth of reporting and analysis that should have appeared during this period. The newspaper also looks outward – covering events, scenes and situations from around the world during this period. By imagining the newspaper as a low-tech time travel machine, our aim is not only to reanimate history, to ask what could have been done – but also to provide a space from which to re-engage the present and re-dream the future.

The Chronic is published by Cape Town based Chimurenga, in collaboration with Kenya’s leading literary magazine Kwani and Nigeria’s acclaimed independent publisher Cassava Republic Press. A first of its kind, it brings together journalists and editors, writers, theorists, photographers, illustrators and artists from around Africa and the world to create a platform for debate, dialogue and exchange. Other participating partners include Chinua Achebe Centre for African Writers and Artists at Bard College, New York, USA; Mail & Guardian, South African’s weekly national newspaper; and Glänta, the Swedish literary journal.

The Chronicle is distributed on the streets and in bookstores from Black Wednesday, 19 October 2011:
• in Southern Africa through Chimurenga;
• in West Africa through Cassava Republic Press;
• in East Africa through Kwani;
• in the USA through the Chinua Achebe Centre for African Writers and Artists at Bard College in New York;
• and in Europe through Idea Books, African Book Collective and Glanta Literary Magazine.
The release will be preceded by a poster campaign across these cities, headlining the Chronicle’s main stories.

The newspaper will also be available online.