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J.M. Coetzee, Stranger shores

· 27 July 2013 |  by Janantoon
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J.M. Coetzee, Stranger shoresStranger shores
Essays 1986 — 1999

J.M. Coetzee

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taal: Engels
gepubliceerd door: Secker & Warburg
eerste editie: 2001
bindwijze: gebonden
isbn: 9780436233913
pagina’s: 374

verworven via: Abebooks

J.M. Coetzee is, without question, one of the world’s greatest novelists. This volume gathers together in book form twenty-nine pieces on books, writing, photography and the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Stranger Shores opens with ‘What is a Classic?’ in which Coetzee explores the answer to his own question by discussing TS Eliot, JS Bach and Zbigniew Herbert.

His subjects range from eighteenth and nineteenth century writers Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson and Ivan Turgenev, to the great German modernists Rilke, Kafka, and Musil, to the giants of late twentieth century literature, among them Harry Mulisch, Joseph Brodsky, Jorge Luis Borges, Salman Rushdie, Amos Oz, Naguib Mahfouz, Nadine Gordimer and Doris Lessing.
Coetzee is careful to balance the strengths and weaknesses of each author; he is not afraid of voicing a very personal opinion. He is highly sympathetic with the process of writing a novel, and treats most of his subjects in light of this recognition.

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