J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing: Face to Face with Time

Author(s): David Attwell

Biography & Memoir

J. M. Coetzee-winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, twice winner of the Man Booker Prize-is one of the world's most celebrated and intriguing authors. Yet the heart of his fiction remains elusive. In J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing, David Attwell explores the extraordinary creative processes behind Coetzee's novels, from Dusklands to The Childhood of Jesus. Through a close examination of Coetzee's manuscripts, notebooks and research papers, Attwell reveals the strong autobiographical thread that runs through his work, convincingly demonstrating that Coetzee's writing proceeds with never-ending self-reflection. A preeminent Coetzee scholar, Attwell offers fascinating insight into one of the most important and opaque literary figures of our time.


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David Attwell is Head of the English Department at the University of York. He has written several works about and with J. M. Coetzee, including J. M. Coetzee: South Africa and the Politics of Writing (1993) and Doubling the Point (1992). J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing is the first book to feature detailed information from the various stages of J. M. Coetzee's manuscripts, sourced from more than 155 boxes of literary archive at the Harry Random Centre in the University of Texas.

General Fields

  • : 9781925240610
  • : Text Publishing Co
  • : The Text Publishing Company
  • : July 2015
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : August 2015
  • : books

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  • : Paperback
  • : David Attwell