Here and Now by Paul Auster & J M Coetzee
Letters (2008-2011)

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...as a series of collaborative inquiries and an extended meditation on the processes of friendship, the book has something substantive to offer.
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“[A] civilized discourse between two cultivated and sophisticated men. . . . It’s a pleasure to be in their company.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brought them together in 2008, novelists Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee began exchanging letters on a regular basis with the hope they might “strike sparks off each other." Here and Now is the result: a three-year epistolary dialogue that touches on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, literature to film, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, death, eroticism, marriage, friendship, and love. Their high-spirited and luminous correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and reveal their pleasure in each other’s friendship on every page.
 

About Paul Auster & J M Coetzee

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Paul Auster is the bestselling author of Invisible, Man in the Dark, Travels in the Scriptorium, The Brooklyn Follies, and Oracle Night. I Thought My Father Was God, the NPR National Story Project anthology, which he edited, was a national bestseller. His work has been translated into thirty-five languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 
 
Published March 7, 2013 by Penguin Books. 258 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Martin Riker on Mar 15 2013

...as a series of collaborative inquiries and an extended meditation on the processes of friendship, the book has something substantive to offer.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Tim Adams on May 18 2013

These pages are at their most compelling when the respective writers begin to dwell on the currency of their fiction.

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Ian Thomson on May 24 2013

At times, the correspondence is rather anodyne, as talk is of book tours, the forgetfulness attendant on old age and the threat posed to the written word by the electronic revolution. Nothing new in any of that.

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Toronto Star

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Reviewed by Dimitri Nasrallah on Mar 15 2013

Here and Now is an invigorating and deeply engaging look at two literary greats, as we’ve never seen them before.

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