Stranger Shores

Stranger Shores

Literary Essays

Format
Paperback
Price
$17.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142001370
  • 304 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult

Overview

Two-time Booker Prize-winner J. M. Coetzee is one of the world’s greatest novelists. This thought-provoking collection gathers twenty-six of his essays on books and writing. In his opening piece, “What Is a Classic?”, Coetzee asks, “What does it mean in living terms to say that the classic is what survives?” He explores the answer by way of T. S. Eliot, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Zbigniew Herbert. Coetzee goes on to discuss eighteenth- and nineteenth-century authors such as Defoe and Turgenev, the German modernists such as Rilke, Kafka, and Musil, and the giants of late-twentieth-century literature, among them Brodsky, Gordimer, Rushdie, and Lessing.

Stranger Shores

Stranger Shores

J. M. Coetzee

Awards

Nobel Prize for Literature – Winner

Praise

Erudite, insightful, impressive in scope and subject matter. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Table of Contents

One: What Is a Classic?”: A Lecture
Two: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Three: Samuel Richardson, Clarissa
Four: Marcellus Emants, A Posthumous Confession
Five: Harry Mulisch, The Discovery of Heaven
Six: Cees Nooteboom, Novelist and Traveler
Seven: William Gass’s Rilke
Eight: Translating Kafka
Nine: Robert Musil’s Diaries
Ten: Josef Skvorecky
Eleven: Dostoevsky: The Miraculous Years
Twelve: The Essays of Joseph Brodsky
Thirteen: J.L. Borges, Collected Fictions
Fourteen: A.S. Byatt
Fifteen: Caryl Phillips
Sixteen: Salman Rushdie, The Moor’s Last Sigh
Seventeen: Aharon Appelfeld, The Iron Tracks
Eighteen: Amos Oz
Nineteen: Naguib Mahfouz, The Harafish
Twenty: The Poems of Thomas Pringle
Twenty-one: Daphne Rooke
Twenty-two: Gordimer and Turgenev
Twenty-three: The Autobiography of Doris Lessing
Twenty-four: The Memoirs of Breyten Breytenbach
Twenty-five: South African Liberals: Alan Paton, Helen Suzman
Twenty-six: Noel Mostert and the Eastern Cape Frontier
Notes

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