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Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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In this collection of 21 essays introduced by Derek Attridge, most of which have been published in the New York Review of Books, Coetzee reveals his skill as a literary critic in his own right.

Notes

  • Acknowledgments:

    The essay on Arthur Miller first appeared in Writers at the Movies, ed. Jim Shepard (New York: Harper Collins, 2000).

    The essay on Robert Musil first appeared as an introduction to The Confusions of Young Törless, trans. Shaun Whiteside (London: Penguin, 2001).

    The essay on Graham Greene first appeared as an introduction to Brighton Rock (New York: Penguin, 2004).

    The essay on Samuel Beckett is excerpted from the introduction to volume 4 of Samuel Beckett: The Grove Centenary Edition (New York: Grove, 2006).

    The essay on Hugo Claus first appeared as an introduction to the paperbound edition of Hugo Claus, Greetings: Selected Poems, trans. John Irons (New York: Harcourt, 2006).

    All other essays first appeared, in earlier form, in the New York Review of Books.

  • Introduction by Derek Attridge.

Contents

* Contents derived from the North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2008 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Italo Svevo, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 1-14)
Robert Walser, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 15-29)
Robert Musil, The Confusions of Young Törless, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 30-39)
Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 40-64)
Bruno Schulz, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 65-78)
Joseph Roth, the Stories, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 79-93)
Sándor Márai, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 94-113)
Paul Celan and His Translators, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 114-131)
Günter Grass and the Wilhelm Gustloff, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 132-144)
W. G. Sebald, After Nature, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 145-154)
Hugo Claus, Poet, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 155-159)
Graham Greene, Brighton Rock, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 160-168)
Samuel Beckett, the Short Fiction, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 169-173)
Walt Whitman, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 174-188)
William Faulkner and His Biographers, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 189-206)
Saul Bellow, the Early Novels, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 207-221)
Arthur Miller, The Misfits, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 222-227)
Philip Roth, The Plot Against America, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 228-243)
Nadine Gordimer, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 244-256)
Gabriel García Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, J. M. Coetzee , 2007 single work essay (p. 257-271)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
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      Extent: 304p.
      Edition info: 1st UK ed.
      ISBN: 1846550459 (hbk.), 9781846550454 (hbk.)
    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Knopf , 2007 .
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      Extent: 304p.p.
      Edition info: 1st Australian ed.
      ISBN: 1741668352 (hbk.), 9781741668353 (hbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Viking , 2007 .
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      Extent: 304p.
      Edition info: 1st US ed.
      ISBN: 0670038652 (hbk.), 9780670038657 (hbk.)
    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2008 .
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      Extent: 304p.
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      • Publication date: 1 February 2008.
      ISBN: 9781741666205 (pbk.), 1741666201 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Extent: 304p.
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      • Publication date: 24 June 2008.
      ISBN: 014311378X (pbk.), 9780143113782 (pbk.)
Alternative title: Mecanismos internos : ensayos 2000-2005
Language: Spanish
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      Mondadori , 2009 .
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      Extent: 322p.
      Edition info: 1st ed.
      ISBN: 8439721587, 9788439721581
      Series: y Literatura Mondadori Mondadori (publisher), Z1484576 series - publisher Number in series: 395
    • Barcelona,
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      Debolsillo , 2010 .
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      Extent: 321p.
      ISBN: 8499085849, 9788499085845
      Series: y Contemporánea Barcelona : Debolsillo , 1998 7994359 1998 series - publisher novel

Works about this Work

Untitled Paul Burger , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 2 no. 1 2009;

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
The Hermeneutic Reflex : Reading J.M. Coetzee's Inner Workings and Critical Constructions of Coetzee as "Public Intellectual" Elizabeth Lowry , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scrutiny 2 , May vol. 13 no. 1 2008; (p. 60-67)
"This review essay examines the prevalent critical tendency to assign teleological labels to JM Coetzee's work, arguing that any attempt to categorise the notoriously publicity-shy Coetzee as a "public intellectual" should take into account the fact that Coetzee has always had to defend his own heterodox literary faith against more powerful orthodoxies. The article traces Coetzee's abiding preoccupation with literary form by examining the inbuilt hermeneutic reflex in his fiction and the often ambiguous public response in South Africa to his work. This formal preoccupation is evident not only in Coetzee's novels, which seem to describe a movement from metafiction to a greater degree of realism, but also in his critical opinions on other authors, which in turn throw light on Coetzee's own writerly aesthetic." (60)
Review : Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 David Rando , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Philip Roth Studies , Fall vol. 4 no. 2 2008; (p. 196-198)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Harsh New World Geordie Williamson , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 February 2007; (p. 11)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Nobel Laureate Gets off the Fence Melinda Harvey , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 March 2007; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Catching up with Slow Man Justin Cartwright , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 March 2007; (p. 13) The Independent , 4 March 2007; (p. 29)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
A Distinctive Display of the Quieter Virtues Owen Richardson , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 24 March 2007; (p. 25)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
True Confession James Ley , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 291 2007; (p. 31-32)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
To the End of the Possible Aveek Sen , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Telegraph , 13 April 2007;

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Coetzee's Canon Walter Kirn , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 5 August vol. 112 no. 31 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Initial Contacts Elizabeth Lowry , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 24/31 August no. 5447/8 2007; (p. 3-4, 7)

— Review of Diary of a Bad Year J. M. Coetzee 2007 single work novel ; Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
In a Cold Country Michael Wood , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 4 October vol. 29 no. 2007; (p. 5-7)

— Review of Diary of a Bad Year J. M. Coetzee 2007 single work novel ; Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Aloofness the Price for Master Critic's Knowledge and Incisiveness Clive O'Connell , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 31 May vol. 17 no. 10 2007;

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Harsh New World Geordie Williamson , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 February 2007; (p. 11)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Nobel Laureate Gets off the Fence Melinda Harvey , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 March 2007; (p. 32-33)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Catching up with Slow Man Justin Cartwright , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 10 March 2007; (p. 13) The Independent , 4 March 2007; (p. 29)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
A Distinctive Display of the Quieter Virtues Owen Richardson , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 24 March 2007; (p. 25)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
True Confession James Ley , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 291 2007; (p. 31-32)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
To the End of the Possible Aveek Sen , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Telegraph , 13 April 2007;

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Coetzee's Canon Walter Kirn , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 5 August vol. 112 no. 31 2007; (p. 12)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Initial Contacts Elizabeth Lowry , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 24/31 August no. 5447/8 2007; (p. 3-4, 7)

— Review of Diary of a Bad Year J. M. Coetzee 2007 single work novel ; Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
In a Cold Country Michael Wood , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 4 October vol. 29 no. 2007; (p. 5-7)

— Review of Diary of a Bad Year J. M. Coetzee 2007 single work novel ; Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Aloofness the Price for Master Critic's Knowledge and Incisiveness Clive O'Connell , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: Eureka Street , 31 May vol. 17 no. 10 2007;

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Untitled Paul Burger , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 2 no. 1 2009;

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
Review : Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 David Rando , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Philip Roth Studies , Fall vol. 4 no. 2 2008; (p. 196-198)

— Review of Inner Workings : Literary Essays 2000-2005 J. M. Coetzee 2007 selected work essay
The Hermeneutic Reflex : Reading J.M. Coetzee's Inner Workings and Critical Constructions of Coetzee as "Public Intellectual" Elizabeth Lowry , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: Scrutiny 2 , May vol. 13 no. 1 2008; (p. 60-67)
"This review essay examines the prevalent critical tendency to assign teleological labels to JM Coetzee's work, arguing that any attempt to categorise the notoriously publicity-shy Coetzee as a "public intellectual" should take into account the fact that Coetzee has always had to defend his own heterodox literary faith against more powerful orthodoxies. The article traces Coetzee's abiding preoccupation with literary form by examining the inbuilt hermeneutic reflex in his fiction and the often ambiguous public response in South Africa to his work. This formal preoccupation is evident not only in Coetzee's novels, which seem to describe a movement from metafiction to a greater degree of realism, but also in his critical opinions on other authors, which in turn throw light on Coetzee's own writerly aesthetic." (60)
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