Friday, January 30, 2009


When Nelson Mandela was released and South Africa embarked on its extraordinary and turbulent transformation, Coetzee seemed lost. His fiction had been a visceral assault on apartheid. On its demise, apparently, there was nothing to protest about. --Robert McCrum, The voice of Africa, The Observer, October 5, 2003

Recommended reading:
by J. M. Coetzee at Reading Rat

Reference: Times Topics, The New York Times

Criticism (articles, essays, reviews):

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2003

How many aspirants to literary greatness have enough incidental mathematical ability to succeed as computer programmers? True, Coetzee portrays the job as dreary, but he performs creditably; when he quits, after more than a year, to concentrate on becoming a poet, I.B.M. resists his departure. --John Updike, The Story of Himself, The New Yorker, July 15, 2002, review of Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II by J. M. Coetzee

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