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Two-time Booker Prize-winner J. M. Coetzee is one of the world's greatest novelists. This thought-provoking collection gathers twenty-six of his essays on books and writing. In his opening piece, "What Is a Classic?", Coetzee asks, "What does it mean in living terms to say that the classic is what survives?" He explores the answer by way of T. S. Eliot, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Zbigniew Herbert. Coetzee goes on to discuss eighteenth- and nineteenth-century authors such as Defoe and Turgenev, the German modernists such as Rilke, Kafka, and Musil, and the giants of late-twentieth-century literature, among them Brodsky, Gordimer, Rushdie, and Lessing.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [282]-295).

About the Author

J. M. Coetzee's books include Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Foe, Boyhood, Disgrace, and Youth. A professor of social thought at the University of Chicago, he has received many awards for his fiction.

Table of Contents

One: What Is a Classic?": A Lecture

Two: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

Three: Samuel Richardson, Clarissa

Four: Marcellus Emants, A Posthumous Confession

Five: Harry Mulisch, The Discovery of Heaven

Six: Cees Nooteboom, Novelist and Traveler

Seven: William Gass's Rilke

Eight: Translating Kafka

Nine: Robert Musil's Diaries

Ten: Josef Skvorecky

Eleven: Dostoevsky: The Miraculous Years

Twelve: The Essays of Joseph Brodsky

Thirteen: J.L. Borges, Collected Fictions

Fourteen: A.S. Byatt

Fifteen: Caryl Phillips

Sixteen: Salman Rushdie, The Moor's Last Sigh

Seventeen: Aharon Appelfeld, The Iron Tracks

Eighteen: Amos Oz

Nineteen: Naguib Mahfouz, The Harafish

Twenty: The Poems of Thomas Pringle

Twenty-one: Daphne Rooke

Twenty-two: Gordimer and Turgenev

Twenty-three: The Autobiography of Doris Lessing

Twenty-four: The Memoirs of Breyten Breytenbach

Twenty-five: South African Liberals: Alan Paton, Helen Suzman

Twenty-six: Noel Mostert and the Eastern Cape Frontier

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142001370
Author:
Coetzee, J. M.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Coetzee, J. M.
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Literature -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 123
Publication Date:
20020831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.06x5.34x.70 in. .58 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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