Inner Workings by J. M. Coetzee
Literary Essays 2000-2005

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A new collection of essays and literary criticism from Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee

In addition to being one of the most acclaimed and accomplished fiction writers in the world, J. M. Coetzee is also a literary critic of the highest caliber. As Derek Attridge observes in his illuminating introduction, reading Coetzee’s nonfiction offers one the opportunity to see "how an author at the forefront of his profession engages with his peers, not as a critic from the outside, but as one who works with the same raw materials." In this collection of twenty recent pieces, Coetzee examines the work of some of the twentieth century’s greatest writers—from Samuel Beckett and Günter Grass to Gabriel García Márquez and Philip Roth. Brilliantly insightful, challenging, yet accessible, these essays demonstrate Coetzee’s sharp eye and unwavering critical acumen and will be of interest to his many fans as well as to all readers of international literature.

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J. M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. He has won numerous other prizes, including the Booker Prize and the CNA Prize, South AfricaÂ's premier literary award. He is the author of seventeen books, most recently Slow Man. Derek Attridge is a Coetzee scholar and professor of English at the University of York in England.
Published March 27, 2007 by Harvill Secker. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Elsewhere, Coetzee pays due (if predictable) tribute to consensus European masters (Robert Musil, Paul Celan, Italo Svevo) and their less celebrated peers (Bruno Schulz, Joseph Roth, Hugo Claus), fellow Nobelists (Faulkner, Bellow, Naipaul), the underrated (Swiss miniaturist Robert Walser) and t...

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On the way to this slightly too strict conclusion — that reaching out of time to alter a past event should have obliged Roth to track the falling dominos and also change the present situation that his narrator looks back from — Coetzee gives us a primer in the dystopian novel that’s thorough and ...

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Coetzee, who divulges this fact to us a third of the way through Inner Workings, gives one the impression that he reads to write as one eats to live.

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The Age

The rest of the book has less unity: there are reviews of biographies of William Faulkner and Walt Whitman (here, in a page or so dealing with Whitman's sexuality, or rather with the attempts of Whitman's biographers to make sense of that sexuality, the murkiness of the topic defeats Coetzee's in...

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