- xiv, 304 p. ; 23 cm.
- Contents: Italo Svevo -- Robert Walser -- Robert Musil, The confusions of young Törless-- Walter Benjamin, the Arcades Project -- Bruno Schulz -- Joseph Roth, the stories -- Sándor Márai -- Paul Celan and his translators -- Günter Grass and the Wilhelm Gustloff -- W. G. Sebald, After nature -- Hugo Claus, poet -- Graham Greene, Brighton Rock -- Samuel Beckett, the short fiction -- Walt Whitman -- William Faulkner and his biographers -- Saul Bellow, the early novels -- Arthur Miller, The misfits -- Philip Roth, The plot against America -- Nadine Gordimer -- Gabriel García Márquez, Memories of my melancholy whores -- V. S. Naipaul, Half a life.Includes bibliographical references (p. 292-304).Summary: A new collection of essays and literary criticism from the Nobel Prize winner. In addition to being one of the most acclaimed and accomplished fiction writers in the world, Coetzee is also a literary critic of the highest caliber. As Derek Attridge observes in his introduction, reading Coetzee's 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 century's greatest writers. Insightful, challenging, yet accessible, these essays demonstrate Coetzee's sharp eye and unwavering critical acumen and will be of interest to his fans as well as to all readers of international literature.--From publisher description.