Search Results: "J.M. Coetzee"


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THE LIVES OF ANIMALS by J.M. Coetzee
Released: April 1, 1999

"Included are four commentaries—by literary theorist Marjorie Garber, philosopher Peter Singer, religious scholar Wendy Doniger, and primatologist Barbara Smuts—that add touchwood, and a measure of windiness, to Coetzee's ethical tinderbox."
Fluent, challenging lectures on the ethics that shape the human-animal relationship, from South African novelist and essayist Coetzee (The Master of Petersburg, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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AGE OF IRON by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 1990

"But overall this is truly a moving, harrowing recitative—the work of a masterly writer."
Coetzee (Waiting for the Barbarians, 1982; Life and Times of Michael K, 1984) has never before written so undeliberate and passionate a novel as this, an agonizing valediction by an old woman—a South African classics teacher, dying of cancer—in the form of a letter to her daughter in America. Mrs. Curren accepts her doctor's report of terminal disease with resignation, returning to her house only to fined a vagrant sleeping in the yard, an unwashed isolato named (she eventually finds out) Vercueil whom she is too weak to turn out. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH COSTELLO by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"As argument, literate, impassioned, and disturbing; as fiction, overemphatic and often dull. Perhaps only for Coetzee's most ardent admirers."
Multiple Booker winner Coetzee (Disgrace, 2000, etc.) dramatizes—just barely—a celebrated Australian author's considerations of "the humanities" as embodied in moral action. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Still, this is a powerful, disillusioned portrait of childhood and how, like South Africa, it encompasses both prelapsarian innocence and unconscionable evil."
A short and unsettling, deftly realized memoir of the celebrated South African writer's childhood in the hinterlands. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 27, 2001

"Deeply intelligent, provocative, and enjoyable literary investigations."
A striking collection of 26 literary essays, many taken from The New York Review of Books, that amply display Coetzee's freethinking erudition and go-your-own-way intellectual honesty. Read full book review >

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HERE AND NOW by Paul Auster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2013

"Amiable and revealing missives from two remarkable minds."
A genial, often riveting exchange of letters between American novelist Auster (Winter Journal, 2010, etc.) and the South African (now an Australian citizen) Nobel laureate Coetzee (Scenes from Provincial Life, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This is an unconventional novel indeed, with inscrutable characters wandering through a bleak and tenebrous world."
Nobel Prize winner Coetzee delivers a deliberately paced and enigmatic novel about a strange child and his surrogate mother and father. Read full book review >

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Released: July 8, 2002

"A fine portrait of the artist as a young drudge."
Continuing the third-person narrative begun in Boyhood (1997), noted novelist Coetzee (Disgrace, 1999, etc.) pens another morose, yearning, revealing memoir. Read full book review >

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INNER WORKINGS by J.M. Coetzee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 23, 2007

"Dare we suggest that Coetzee is actually a better critical essayist than a novelist? This trenchant, rewarding volume suggests it just may be so."
Issues of political and moral choice and commitment and of literary theory and practice are considered in the South African Nobel laureate's fourth collection of criticism. Read full book review >

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THE MASTER OF PETERSBURG by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Boldly presumptuous, yet somehow precious."
Depending on how readers take to literary conceits, Coetzee's new novel will be received as either a flash of fierce lightning or a rumble of unthreatening thunder. Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOLDAYS OF JESUS by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A novel only for those who want to update their reading of the Nobel Prize-winning Coetzee."
Coetzee continues the allegorical musings he began in The Childhood of Jesus with this sequel, which is equally elliptical, sparse, and vexing. Read full book review >

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SLOW MAN by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Where is the author of Waiting for the Barbarians and Disgrace, now that we need him most?"
The 2003 Nobel laureate's tenth novel reintroduces wisdom-dispensing Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello, first sighted in Coetzee's lecture collection The Lives of Animals (1999). Read full book review >