On J. M. Coetzee (eBook)
Writers On Writers
Sobre o livro
I was born in the year J.M. Coetzee published his third novel,Waiting for the Barbarians. My mother read this dark, disturbing book with its multiple scenes of torture as she breastfed me at night, while my older sister slept and the house was quiet. It was 1980. The apartheid government had declared a state of emergency in the face of growing internal revolt, and my parents were thinking of leaving South Africa again.
For Ceridwen Dovey, J.M. Coetzee has alwaysbeen there, an unseen but strongly felt presence in our small family drama. As a child, she observed with fascination her mothers immersion in Coetzees writing as she worked on what would become the first critical study of his early novels. Even now, as a writer herself, Ceridwens relationship with Coetzees books is still mediated by her mothers readings of them: to get to him, she must first step through her mothers formidable mind. With tenderness and insight, Dovey draws on this personal history to explore the Nobel Prize-winners work how his books do theory on themselves while also tracing the intellectual heritage that has been passed from mother to daughter.
In the Writers on Writers series, leading writers reflect on another Australian writer who has inspired and fascinated them. Provocative, crisp and written from a practitioners perspective, the series starts a fresh conversation between past and present, writer and reader. It sheds light on the craft of writing, and introduces some intriguing and talented authors and their work.
Published by Black Inc. in association with the University of Melbourne and State Library Victoria.
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