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LATE ESSAYS: J.M. COETZEE as literary critic

South African novelist J.M. Coetzee, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature and a guest of the LEFFEST in three editions, assembles in Late Essays: 2006 – 2017  his work on the field of literary criticism of the last eleven years.

Among the 23 essays included, nine first appeared in some version in The New York Review of Books (namely a brilliant analysis on Philip Roth's Nemesis) and other nine are introductions to books chosen by Coetzee for his personal library, works that played a part, major or minor, in my own formation as a writer, as he himself refers. Among that personal selection are introductions to Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Robert Walser's The Assistant, Samuel Beckett's Watt and Heinrich von Kleist’s The Marquise of O.

In 2008 and 2011, J.M. Coetzee was a member of the LEFFEST’s Official Selection Jury and in 2013 he served as a juror in the Short-Films Competition of the European Film Schools Meeting. In 2011 he shared an outstanding reading panel with Paul Auster, Don DeLillo and Siri Hustvedt, and in 2013 again with Paul Auster.
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