Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005 eBook ☆

Inner Workings: Literary Essays 2000-2005 A new collection of essays and literary criticism from Nobel Prize winner J M Coetzee In addition to being one of the most acclaimed and accomplished fiction writers in the world, J M Coetzee is also a literary critic of the highest caliber As Derek Attridge observes in his illuminating introduction, reading Coetzees nonfiction offers one the opportunity to see how an author at the forefront of his profession engages with his peers, not as a critic from the outside, but as one who works with the same raw materials In this collection of twenty recent pieces, Coetzee examines the work of some of the twentieth centurys greatest writersfrom Samuel Beckett and Gnter Grass to Gabriel Garca Mrquez and Philip Roth Brilliantly insightful, challenging, yet accessible, these essays demonstrate Coetzees sharp eye and unwavering critical acumen and will be of interest to his many fans as well as to all readers of international literature With the pieces in Inner Workings Coetzee s second volume of literary essays after Stranger Shores , he examines the work of a wide range of writers, past and contemporary, ranging from Europe to the Americas As was the style and scope of Stranger Shores, the critiques and discussions in this collection are accessible, but challenging at times in their erudition Coetzee showcases his inquisitive mind for analysis and interpretation throughout these pieces He raises questions that reveal his With the pieces in Inner Workings Coetzee s second volume of literary essays after Stranger Shores , he examines the work of a wide range of writers, past and contemporary, ranging from Europe to the Americas As was the style and scope of Stranger Shores, the critiques and discussions in this collection are accessible, but challenging at times in their erudition Coetzee showcases his inquisitive mind for analysis and interpretation throughout these pieces He raises questions that reveal his surefooted understanding of the lives of writers and an intense interaction with their works He writes with flawless command of subjects, whether it is psychology, history, or some other field or discipline pertinent to his study He is masterful at describing and summarizing texts, but also brilliant at uncovering deeper meanings The sum total of each essay is fascinating in its discussion of literary figures and their works As a former Nobel recipient, Coetzee views literature asthan stories For him, it is the creative process of shaping reality by exposing and illuminating truths In this way, he exalts the art of literature as a system that functions to identify, investigate, and ultimately change reality These essays show how this process of change links inseparably with a writer s experiences So impressed with the literary essays of Coetzee I had no idea he was this brilliant and well read Plus this book had in it some of my favorite writers including Robert Walser and Max Sebald Reading this book has now led me to writers I knew little about including Italo Svevo and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Una serie de ensayos cortos sobre obras menores En cada uno de los ensayos y a trav s de la lectura que Coetzee hace de esas obras y sus autores, deja asomar un poco de l y sus problem ticas personales, sociales, hist ricas y est ticas. I wasn t familiar with all of the writers discussed here by Coetzee Bruno Schulz Sandor Marai Hugo Claus , but I did enjoy his essays on Musil, Grass, and Joseph Roth Almost half of the essays consider authors who wrote in German among the writers in English discussed are Whitman, Faulkner, Beckett, Graham Greene, Bellow, Roth and Arthur Miller Essays on Nadine Gordimer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and V.S Naipaul round out the book.At times Coetzee s erudition approaches that of Borges, givi I wasn t familiar with all of the writers discussed here by Coetzee Bruno Schulz Sandor Marai Hugo Claus , but I did enjoy his essays on Musil, Grass, and Joseph Roth Almost half of the essays consider authors who wrote in German among the writers in English discussed are Whitman, Faulkner, Beckett, Graham Greene, Bellow, Roth and Arthur Miller Essays on Nadine Gordimer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and V.S Naipaul round out the book.At times Coetzee s erudition approaches that of Borges, giving the sensation that one is reading tablets handed down from Olympus occasionally, his inner pedant breaks free But what is surprising about most of these essays is their relative freedom from pedantry Most are accessible well, maybe not the essay on Walter Benjamin and even if you can t expect to follow all of Coetzee s literary cross referencing, you will learn something from these essays I particularly liked his commentary on the quality of translation of various works in particular, the essay on Paul Celan and his translators was the high point for me Among other things I learned was that Celan had an affair, and a subsequent lengthy correspondence, with Ingeborg Bachmann A lot of depressed writers in middle Europe in the mid 20th century Celan eventually killed himself, after years of depression, and Bachmann was found dead in her bed after a suspicious hotel fire

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