Posts Tagged: J. M. Coetzee

The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Christine Sneed

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Floyd Skloot interviews Christine Sneed about her latest story collection, The Virginity of Famous Men. ...more

Google vs. Author’s Guild

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The fight against Google’s digital library continues, and this time the effort has support from big-name authors like Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malcolm Gladwell, Peter Carey, and J. M. Coetzee. The case against Google making millions of books—many of them still under copyright protection—searchable online without paying for any licenses to do so goes back to 2005. 

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One and The Same

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Nosy readers often delight in sleuthing out the parallels between an author’s work and their life, as if an identifiable autobiographical source might change the meaning behind the words. So what happens when authors eliminate the boundary altogether?

By calling these books novels you might say that Coetzee is holding onto a fig leaf.

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No Time Like The Present, by Nadine Gordimer

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In Inner Workings J.M. Coetzee writes about his (former) fellow South African writer, Nadine Gordimer: she was highly influenced by Jean-Paul Sartre and Algerian-born Albert Camus. In particular she adheres to Sartre’s view of the writer: “The function of the writer is to act in such a way that nobody can be ignorant of the world and that nobody may say that he is innocent of what it is all about.”

Since her debut collection, Face to Face, in 1949, Gordimer has taken up the role of writer-as-witness to South Africa.

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