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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099506149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099506140
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The essays here are welcoming, informative, readable, lucid, plain, purged of jargon... Coetzee is a critic of unbiddable integrity" (Daily Telegraph)

"Literary criticism of the highest order...will be read and valued by anyone interested in the inner workings of literature for decades to come" (Independent)

"Fascinating...an impeccable stylist" (Spectator)

"Fans will relish his precise, restrained style of literary criticism...communicating Coetzee's passion for literature" (New Statesman)

"Coetzee the critic is every bit as good as Coetzee the novelist." (Irish Times)

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A collection of essays on literature by one of the world's finest writers: a must read.

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By Luc REYNAERT TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This bundle of essays contains superb reviews of important authors and (part of) their work.
Hereafter, a brief summary of Coetzee's comments and evaluations, with a few remarks.

Italo Svevo considered himself as a peer, a fellow researcher of Freud into the grip of the unconscious on conscious life.
Robert Musil (Young Törless) was skeptical of the power of reason to guide human conduct.
Robert Walzer (Jakob von Gunten) considered himself as a `Man von Unten' (an underdog).
Bruno Schulz's book `Cinnamon Shops' is a recreation of childhood consciousnesses, full of terror, obsessions and crazy glories.
Joseph Roth's `The Radetzky March' is a great poem of elegy to Habsburg Austria.
Sándor Márai considered himself as a dupe of history. He behaved like a caricature of the bourgeois intellectual, scorning the rabble of the right and the left.
Günter Grass's `Crabwalk' should be considered a breakthrough, as war crimes against Germans during WW II are not taboo anymore.
Graham Greene's `Brighton Rock' is a confrontation between religious Good and Evil and materialist right and wrong.
For Saul Bellow, literature is an interpretation of the chaos of life.
Philip Roth's `The Plot against America' paints a vision of a world based on hatred and suspicion, a world of them and us.
Nadine Gordimer's `The Pickup' is a dismissal of the false gods of the West, the gods of market capital.
Gabriel García Márquez's so-called magic realism is simply a matter of telling hard-to-believe stories.
For V.S. Naipaul, self-denial is the road of weakness.
J.M. Coetzee pierces the veil of Walt Whitman's amativeness. Whitman's democracy is a civic religion energized by a broadly erotic feeling.
J.M.
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