Monday, June 21, 2010

Coetzee's censors

These South African censors were scholars — academic peers who, Mr. Coetzee came to suspect, listened to Mozart on the hi-fi as they read Austen and Trollope at home and thought of themselves “as doing a good job.”

One secret reader, Mr. Coetzee recalled, invited him to tea “and we had a long discussion” about literature. “I had not the faintest idea that she was one of my censors.”
The Censor and the Censored, Linked by Literature, by Alan Cowell, The New York Times

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