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'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.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2015 .
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      Extent: 272p.
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      • Publication date: 26 August 2015
      ISBN: 9781925240610

Works about this Work

[Review Essay] J. M. Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz. The Good Story : Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy Philipp Wolf , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Anglia : Zeitschrift Fur Englische Philologie , June vol. 135 no. 2 2017;

Coetzee's outstanding position within contemporary literature may be put down to an apparently conflicting intellectual stance. Coetzee, for one thing, has always cherished a transpersonal (if not metaphysical) category of truth: "We are born", he writes in 1992. "with the idea of the truth' (DP 395). Brought up in a South-African society with racist and various other sociocultural forms of discrimination, a sensitive liberal such as Coetzee must be accurate when it becomes inevitable to draw boundaries and assign responsibility. On account of his colonial heritage. with Polish and German forbears, an Afrikaans family (and an Anglo-American sense of values),Coetzee is related more to the perpetrators than the victims. Under the apartheid-regime he was forced to cope with the pailful distortion of the truth through state censorship, while his extensive reading of 19th'century Russian moralists had a formative influence on his unwavering moral outlook which presupposes knowledge of what is true or false, right or wrong.' (Introduction)

In Some Sense True Tim Parks , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 21 January vol. 38 no. 2 2016; (p. 25-28)

— Review of The Good Story : Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Pschoanalytic Psychotherapy J. M. Coetzee Arabella Kurtz 2015 single work criticism ; J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing : Face to Face with Time David Attwell 2015 single work criticism
Face to Face with the Archive Anthony Uhlmann , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2015;

— Review of J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing : Face to Face with Time David Attwell 2015 single work criticism
JM Coetzee and the Life of Writing Bears Testimony to the Value of a Literary Archive Timothy J. Mehigan , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 9 September 2015;

— Review of J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing : Face to Face with Time David Attwell 2015 single work criticism
Thinking and Evolution : Self-Awareness in J.M. Coetzee's Fiction James Ley , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 374 2015; (p. 20-21)

— Review of J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing : Face to Face with Time David Attwell 2015 single work criticism
Thinking and Evolution : Self-Awareness in J.M. Coetzee's Fiction James Ley , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 374 2015; (p. 20-21)

— Review of J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing : Face to Face with Time David Attwell 2015 single work criticism
JM Coetzee and the Life of Writing Bears Testimony to the Value of a Literary Archive Timothy J. Mehigan , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Conversation , 9 September 2015;

— Review of J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing : Face to Face with Time David Attwell 2015 single work criticism
Face to Face with the Archive Anthony Uhlmann , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2015;

— Review of J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing : Face to Face with Time David Attwell 2015 single work criticism
In Some Sense True Tim Parks , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 21 January vol. 38 no. 2 2016; (p. 25-28)

— Review of The Good Story : Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Pschoanalytic Psychotherapy J. M. Coetzee Arabella Kurtz 2015 single work criticism ; J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing : Face to Face with Time David Attwell 2015 single work criticism
[Review Essay] J. M. Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz. The Good Story : Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy Philipp Wolf , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Anglia : Zeitschrift Fur Englische Philologie , June vol. 135 no. 2 2017;

Coetzee's outstanding position within contemporary literature may be put down to an apparently conflicting intellectual stance. Coetzee, for one thing, has always cherished a transpersonal (if not metaphysical) category of truth: "We are born", he writes in 1992. "with the idea of the truth' (DP 395). Brought up in a South-African society with racist and various other sociocultural forms of discrimination, a sensitive liberal such as Coetzee must be accurate when it becomes inevitable to draw boundaries and assign responsibility. On account of his colonial heritage. with Polish and German forbears, an Afrikaans family (and an Anglo-American sense of values),Coetzee is related more to the perpetrators than the victims. Under the apartheid-regime he was forced to cope with the pailful distortion of the truth through state censorship, while his extensive reading of 19th'century Russian moralists had a formative influence on his unwavering moral outlook which presupposes knowledge of what is true or false, right or wrong.' (Introduction)

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