The Childhood of Jesus – A Review

J.M. Coetzee is an enigma. A Nobel Laureate, twice Booker Prize winner he has, or so it would seem, become the unwilling icon of South African literature. His prodigious literary output is matched in quantity only by his now voluminous public reticence. But whether this reserve is partly a well-played-out construct for the media and the academic cottage industry that has developed around his work … Continue reading The Childhood of Jesus – A Review

Where I Stand 10/04/16

Notes on a new fiction called The Albertsburg Judgement: The Albertsburg Judgement is a conscious collaboration with the tradition of colonial and post-colonial fictions whose anti-realism is not necessarily hostile to the real. Its direct literary progenitors, whose works are interlaced within the text, are the fictions of Albert Camus, J.M. Coetzee, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Kamel Daoud, Juan Gabriel Vasquez and, perhaps slightly contentiously, Joseph … Continue reading Where I Stand 10/04/16

Where I Stand 07/03/16

On rereading Coetzee’s Foe I became aware that what I thought might be an attack on publishers was in fact an attack on the tropes and demands of the Canon (which is the complete idea i.e. re: Attridge ‘the developing bourgeois canon’).  Susan Barton says to her ‘ghost writer’ Foe (Daniel Defoe) that she wants only her tale told of her experiences on the island … Continue reading Where I Stand 07/03/16