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The animal chooses you. Something big, famous and charismatic, anyway. There is a bear, but he, or she, only turns up to get killed, in the novel’s most atmospheric and spooky set-piece. Perhaps that means something. Strength, size and courage don’t necessarily work in the mean streets of Beukes’s urban South Africa. Could that be a reference to Zinzi’s besetting sin, the moral laziness that is eating her hollow, as she sinks ever deeper into nasty petty crime, in a failed recovery from drug addiction and prison?

Or could it be that Beukes just likes sloths? Maybe she read the same webpage as I did, where wiccan pundit Patti Wigington opines that “No one will ever tell you their totem animal is the wombat, the hedgehog or the three-toed sloth.


Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – review

The “animalled” phenomenon, we learn, dates back to the s, a plague with a trajectory strikingly similar to the Aids epidemic. Perhaps it was triggered by a nuclear accident. Perhaps it’s a redemptive punishment for the redeemable criminal. Spiritually dead psychopaths and sociopaths need not apply — or so we are told, though at least three totally evil psychos later turn up animalised.

REVIEWED Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

Perhaps it’s the concrete manifestation of a southern African belief about straying spirits. Since it’s what happens when you have killed someone, my best bet is beukee the animal represents the spirit of the dead: Zinzi believes she killed her brother, therefore she carries little brother Thando everywhere with her, his soft arms around her neck, his dear weight on her back.

Yet though these furred and feathered Flour Babies bring a smidgen of personal magic with them, and possibly comfort to a wounded soul, it’s an austere blessing, because once animalled, you’re on dity way to hell.


But even that may not be the whole story. The “animalled” phenomenon simply isn’t quantifiable. Like the whole post-civilised world of Zoo Cityit’s terminally fuzzy.

Recommended as “very, very good” by William Gibson, this is the other face of cyberpunk, a face we’ve seen too little of in the past decade. Thus the “animalled” may simply be a marker, like the Voudun in Gibson’s work, of the strangeness of postmodern modes of being.

REVIEWED Zoo City by Lauren Beukes – Travel Blog

But true to the king of cyberpunk’s original code, this isn’t about exposition. What her many fans will remember, and value, is deadbeat Zinzi’s personal journey, towards a frail but determined integrity.

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