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Age Of Iron

by J. M. Coetzee

From Publishers Weekly:<P> Harsh, unflinching and powerful, Coetzee's novel is a cry of moral outrage at the legacy that apartheid has created in South Africa. In scenes of stunning ferocity, he depicts the unequal warfare waging between the two races, a conflict in which the balance of power is slowly shifting.<P> An elderly woman's letters to her daughter in America make up the narrative. Near death from rapidly advancing cancer, Cape Town resident Mrs. Curren is a retired university professor and political liberal who has always considered herself a "good person" in deploring the government's obfuscatory and brutal policies, though she has been insulated from the barbarism they produce. When the teenage son of her housekeeper is murdered by the police and his activist friend is also shot by security forces, Mrs. Curren realizes that "now my eyes are open and I can never close them again."<P> The only person to whom she can communicate her anguished feelings of futility and waste is an alcoholic derelict whom she prevails on to be her messenger after her death, by mailing the packet of her letters to her daughter. In them she records the rising tide of militancy among young blacks; brave, defiant and vengeful, they are a generation whose hearts have turned to iron. His metaphors in service to a story that moves with the implacability of a nightmare, Coetzee's own urgent message has never been so cogently delivered.

Aquí y ahora

by J. M. Coetzee Paul Auster

Aunque se leían desde hacía años, Paul Auster y J.M. Coetzee no se conocieron personalmente hasta febrero de 2008, cuando Auster y su mujer, la novelista y ensayista Siri Hustvedt, asistieron al festival literario de Adelaide, en Australia. Poco después de su vuelta a Nueva York, Auster recibió una carta de Coetzee en la que le proponía una colaboración epistolar. En su carta de respuesta a Coetzee, Auster sugirió que comenzaran con un diálogo abierto sobre cualquier tema que pudiera interesarles a los dos, «el tipo de conversaciones que tendríamos si coincidiera que viviéramos en la misma ciudad. Pero no una conversación de sobremesa, sino algo más riguroso». Coetzee aceptó y así dio comienzo el intercambio de cartas que aparecen en este libro. El plan original era continuar con la correspondencia durante dos años, pero cuando se acercaba el plazo decidieron alargarlo uno más. Con buen ojo, esta correspondencia comienza con una discusión sobre la amistad.

El buen relato

by J. M. Coetzee Arabella Kurtz

El fascinante diálogo entre el ganador del Premio Nobel J.M. Coetzee y la psicoanalista Arabella Kurtz sobre la inclinación humana a elaborar historias «Las historias que nos contamos a nosotros mismos puede que no sean ciertas pero es lo único que tenemos. Me interesa la relación que mantenemos con estas historias, sean o no sean ciertas.» Siguiendo esta premisa, el escritor sudafricano J.M. Coetzee, premio Nobel de Literatura, propuso a la terapeuta Arabella Kurtz dialogar sobre la inclinación humana a elaborar historias. Mientras el escritor trabaja en soledad y se responsabiliza únicamente del relato que cuenta, la terapeuta colabora con el paciente para contar la historia de su vida y así poder destapar la «verdad». Desde ambas perspectivas los autores analizan la psicología individual y la colectiva y exploran la capacidad humana de autoexamen en un fascinante diálogo que atrapa al lector desde el primer intercambio de ideas. En un intento por comprender nuestras historias particulares y nuestro papel en la Historia, Coetzee y Kurtz se sirven de grandes escritores como Cervantes y Dostoievski y de psicoanalistas como Freud y Melanie Klein para ofrecernos una esclarecedora y sorprendente visión de las historias que nos contamos a nosotros mismos. La crítica ha dicho... «Coetzee mira el mundo y lo escudriña con su bisturí de sabio.» El Mundo «Uno de los mejores premios Nobel de toda la historia. J.M. Coetzee está en la cima del arte narrativo de nuestro tiempo.» ABC «Un enorme talento literario que no hace concesiones a la fama y las convenciones.» El País «Uno de los pocos escritores contemporáneos capaces de cuestionarnos con su escritura quiénes somos y en qué consiste estar vivos.» Qué leer «Nadie pone en duda que Coetzee es uno de los grandes narradores de nuestro tiempo, ni cuestiona que si ocupa este lugar de referencia es, entre otras cosas, por la originalidad y el extremado rigor de su pensamiento.» Enrique Hériz, El Periódico «El efecto de su imperturbable honestidad y su seriedad artística es la comprensión de la creación de un gran escritor.» The Telegraph

The Childhood of Jesus

by J. M. Coetzee

This is an extraordinary new fable from one of the world's greatest living novelists, two-time Booker Prize winner and Nobel Laureate. David is a small boy who comes by boat across the ocean to a new country. He has been separated from his parents, and has lost the piece of paper that would have explained everything. On the boat a stranger named Simon takes it upon himself to look after the boy. On arrival they are assigned new names, new birthdates. They know little Spanish, the language of their new country, and nothing about its customs. They have also suffered a kind of forgetting of old attachments and feelings. They are people without a past. Simon's goal is to find the boy's mother. He feels sure he will know her when he sees her. And David? He wants to find his mother too but he also wants to understand where he is and how he fits in. He is a boy who is always asking questions. The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself. J. M. Coetzee was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. His work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life and Times of Michael K, The Master of Petersburg, Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year. He lives in Adelaide. textpublishing. com. au 'Coetzee is a master we scarcely deserve. ' Age 'Coetzee gradually, with great intelligence and skill, brings to extraordinary - possibly divine - life an ostensibly simple story. ' Weekend Australian 'A theological and philosophical fable of considerable brilliance, power and wit. Coetzee hasn't done anything as fine and beautifully executed as this since Disgrace. ' Canberra Times and Age '[A] quiet, haunting novel. . . Coetzee's calm, emblematic prose lifts the plot into something redolent with metaphor and mystery. . . Any statement can become a symbol; every event is suffused with potential revelation; something magical is always present and just out of reach. . . It's a memorable accomplishment, turning the everyday into the almost everlasting. ' Weekend Herald (NZ) 'Double Booker Prize-winner Coetzee's fable has a dream-like, Kafkaesque quality. Are we in some kind of heaven, purgatory or simply another staging post of existence? Clear answers are elusive, but this is a riveting, thought-provoking read and surely Coetzee's best novel since Disgrace more than a decade ago. ' Daily Mail 'Written with all of Coetzee's penetrating rigour, it will be an early contender for an unprecedented third Booker prize. ' Observer 'The Childhood of Jesus represents a return to the allegorical mode that made him famous. . . a Kafkaesque version of the nativity story. . . The Childhood of Jesus does ample justice to his giant reputation: it's richly enigmatic, with regular flashes of Coetzee's piercing intelligence. ' Guardian 'The sense of calm, furthered by Coetzee's spare prose, is very unsettling. . . These are not the horrors of Waiting for the Barbarians, this is the horror of banality. ' Independent on Sunday

Contra la censura

by J. M. Coetzee

Las imprescindibles reflexiones del Premio Nobel de Literatura J.M. Coetzee sobre el efecto de la censura en la obra de los escritores. Este es un análisis de la censura desde la perspectiva de alguien que ha tenido que vivir y trabajar bajo su sombra. Los ensayos que recoge este volumen buscan comprender la pasión que actúa a la hora de imponer el silencio y la censura. Coetzee sostiene que una destructiva dinámica de animosidad y creciente beligerancia suele afectar a los rivales en cualquier terreno donde exista la censura. Desde la orden que recibió Osip Mandelstam de componer una oda a Stalin, hasta Breyten Breytenbah escribiendo poemas bajo la atenta mirada de los guardias de su prisión, hasta el duelo de ingenios que Alexander Solzhenitsyn emprendió con los órganos del Estado soviético, el libro se centra en cómo los escritores se han enfrentado a lo largo de la historia con la censura, desde Erasmo hasta el sistema impuesto por el apartheid, y analiza las argumentaciones que buscan la prohibición de la pornografía, víctima habitual de la censura. Reseñas:«Coetzee es extraño, duro, dueño de una inteligencia impactante que le convierte en uno de los escritores contemporáneos más conmovedores.»The Guardian «Un escritor de brillante maestría, tensión y elegancia.»Nadine Gordimer «Un impresionante, original y hermosísimo modelo de rigor artístico y moral.»Ignacio Echevarría

Desgracia

by J. M. Coetzee

Una historia profunda, extraordinaria, que por momentos atenaza el corazón, y siempre, hasta el final, subyugante. A los cincuenta y dos años, David Lurie tiene poco de lo que enorgullecerse. Con dos divorcios a sus espaldas, apaciguar el deseo es su única aspiración; sus clases en la universidad son un mero trámite para él y para los estudiantes. Cuando se destapa su relación con una alumna, David, en un acto de soberbia, preferirá renunciar a su puesto antes que disculparse en público. Rechazado por todos, abandona Ciudad del Cabo y va a visitar la granja de su hija Lucy. Allí, David verá hacerse añicos todas sus creencias en una tarde de violencia implacable. Desgracia, que obtuvo el prestigioso premio Booker, es una historia profunda y extraordinaria que no dejará indiferente al lector. Reseña:«Las novelas luminosas y desconcertantes de J. M. Coetzee revelan que la verdad es siempre extranjera.»Javier Marías

Diario de un mal año

by J. M. Coetzee

Un eminente escritor australiano es invitado a colaborar en un volumen de ensayos titulado Opiniones contundentes. Dicha oportunidad le permite abordar una serie de temas (algunos de actualidad, otros universales) de su interés: los orígenes del Estado, la figura de Maquiavelo, el anarquismo, al-Qaeda, el diseño inteligente o la música. Mientras se encuentra inmerso en el proceso de redacción de los textos, el viejo escritor conoce a Anya, una atractiva joven que vive en el mismo bloque de apartamentos. Pronto sabe que Anya está buscando trabajo y le propone que mecanografíe sus manuscritos. La aparición de Alan, novio de Anya, cambiará el rumbo de la relación entre la joven y el escritor. Diario de un mal año, la nueva novela del premio Nobel J.M.Coetzee, lleva a cabo, con un tono íntimo y cargado de veracidad, la disección de las emociones más complejas. Con una escritura estimulante y espléndida, construye un atlas de las miserias (pero también de la dignidad) del alma humana.

Diary of a Bad Year

by J. M. Coetzee

A new work of fiction by the Nobel Prize winning author of "Disgrace". In this brilliant new work of fiction, J. M. Coetzee once again breaks new literary ground with a book that is, in the words of its main character, a response to the present in which I find myself. "Diary of a Bad Year" takes on the world of politics -- a new topic for Coetzee -- and explores the role of the writer in our times with an extraordinary moral compass. At the center of the book is Señor C, an aging author who has been asked to write his thoughts on the state of the world by his German publisher. These thoughts, called 'Strong Opinions', address a wide range of subjects and include a scathing indictment of Bush, Cheney, and Blair, as well as a witheringly honest examination of everything from Machiavelli and the current state of the university to music, literature, and intelligent design, offering unexpected perceptions and insightful arguments along the way. Meanwhile, someone new enters the writer's life: Anya, the beautiful young woman whom he hires to type his manuscript. The relationship that develops between Señor C and Anya has a profound effect on both of them. It also changes the course of Anya's relationship with Alan, the successful, swaggering man whom she lives with -- and who has designs on Señor C's bank account. Through these characters, Coetzee creates an ingenious literary game that will enthrall readers and surprise them with its emotional power.

Disgrace

by J. M. Coetzee

Set in post-apartheid South Africa, J. M. Coetzee's searing novel tells the story of David Lurie, a twice divorced, 52-year-old professor of communications and Romantic Poetry at Cape Technical University. Lurie believes he has created a comfortable, if somewhat passionless, life for himself. He lives within his financial and emotional means. Though his position at the university has been reduced, he teaches his classes dutifully; and while age has diminished his attractiveness, weekly visits to a prostitute satisfy his sexual needs. He considers himself happy. But when Lurie seduces one of his students, he sets in motion a chain of events that will shatter his complacency and leave him utterly disgraced. Lurie pursues his relationship with the young Melanie--whom he describes as having hips "as slim as a twelve-year-old's"--obsessively and narcissistically, ignoring, on one occasion, her wish not to have sex. When Melanie and her father lodge a complaint against him, Lurie is brought before an academic committee where he admits he is guilty of all the charges but refuses to express any repentance for his acts. In the furor of the scandal, jeered at by students, threatened by Melanie's boyfriend, ridiculed by his ex-wife, Lurie is forced to resign and flees Cape Town for his daughter Lucy's smallholding in the country. There he struggles to rekindle his relationship with Lucy and to understand the changing relations of blacks and whites in the new South Africa. But when three black strangers appear at their house asking to make a phone call, a harrowing afternoon of violence follows which leaves both of them badly shaken and further estranged from one another. After a brief return to Cape Town, where Lurie discovers his home has also been vandalized, he decides to stay on with his daughter, who is pregnant with the child of one of her attackers. Now thoroughly humiliated, Lurie devotes himself to volunteering at the animal clinic, where he helps put down diseased and unwanted dogs. It is here, Coetzee seems to suggest, that Lurie gains a redeeming sense of compassion absent from his life up to this point. <P><P> Written with the austere clarity that has made J. M. Coetzee the winner of two Booker Prizes, Disgrace explores the downfall of one man and dramatizes, with unforgettable, at times almost unbearable, vividness the plight of a country caught in the chaotic aftermath of centuries of racial oppression.<P> Winner of Man Booker Prize

Elizabeth Costello

by J. M. Coetzee

In 1982, J. M. Coetzee dazzled the literary world with the now classic Waiting for the Barbarians. Five novels and two Booker prizes later, Coetzee is a writer of international stature and a novelist whose publication of a new work is heralded as a literary event. Now, in his first work of fiction since The New York Times bestselling Disgrace, he has crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale. Elizabeth Costello is a distinguished and aging Australian novelist whose life is revealed through an ingenious series of eight formal addresses. From an award-acceptance speech at a New England liberal arts college to a lecture on evil in Amsterdam and a sexually charged reading by the poet Robert Duncan, Coetzee draws the reader inexorably toward its astonishing conclusion. Vividly imagined and masterfully wrought in his unerring prose, Elizabeth Costello is, on its surface, the story of a woman's life as mother, sister, lover, and writer. Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling that only a writer of Coetzee's caliber could accomplish.

Elizabeth Costello

by J. M. Coetzee

Elizabeth Costello es una reconocida novelista australiana cuya dilatada vida se nos revela a través de una ingeniosa serie de ocho conferencias. Desde el discurso de aceptación de un premio en una facultad de letras de Nueva Inglaterra y una conferencia sobre el mal celebrada en Amsterdam, hasta una lectura del poeta Robert Duncan plena de alusiones sexuales, Coetzee conduce al lector inexorablemente hacia un final que, como es habitual en este autor, nos impulsa a la reflexión más profunda.Fruto de una imaginación vívida y escrita en una prosa certera, Elizabeth Costello es, en apariencia, la historia de una mujer en su faceta de madre, hermana, amante y escritora. Pero es también una incisiva y cautivadora meditación sobre la esencia de narrar historias, y una defensa de la necesidad de ponerse en lugar del otro para comprender que la humanidad es única. Solo un escritor de la talla de Coetzee puede llevar a cabo dicha tarea.«El surafricano J. M. Coetzee es uno de los mejores novelistas vivos y no digo el mejor porque, para hacer una afirmación semejante, habría que haberlos leído a todos.»MARIO VARGAS LLOSA

En medio de ninguna parte

by J. M. Coetzee

En una remota granja de Sudáfrica, Magda, la protagonista de esta conmovedora historia, observa el paso de la vida como mera espectadora. Excluida, sin madre y apartada de las actividades que tienen lugar en su entorno, Magda sufre en silencio la dureza del desierto y la tiranía de un padre que la condenó desde el momento en que nació mujer. Como vía de escape a dicha insatisfacción, se dedica a escribir en un cuaderno sus sentimientos e impresiones. La amarga existencia de Magda se verá alterada cuando su padre lleve a casa a una nueva esposa. Este cambio familiar actúa a modo de espejo de la situación política del colonizador y el colonizado, así como de la grandeza y la soledad del continente africano. En medio de ninguna parte es un hermoso y lúcido fresco de la estremecedora sequía moral de un país habitado por personajes solitarios y marginales y, en algunos casos, vacíos de alma.

The Expedition to the Baobab Tree

by J. M. Coetzee Wilma Stockenstrom

Learning to survive in the harsh interior of Southern Africa, a former slave seeks shelter in the hollow of a baobab tree. For the first time since she was a young girl her time is her own, her body is her own, her thoughts are her own. In solitude, she is finally able to reflect on her own existence and its meaning, bringing her a semblance of inner peace. Scenes from her former life shuttle through her mind: how owner after owner assaulted her, and how each of her babies were taken away as soon as they were weaned, their futures left to her imagination. We are the sole witnesses to her history: her capture as a child, her tortured days in a harbor city on the eastern coast as a servant, her journey with her last owner and protector, her flight, and the kaleidoscopic world of her baobab tree. Wilma Stockenström's profound work of narrative fiction, translated by Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, is a rare, haunting exploration of enslavement and freedom. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Foe

by J. M. Coetzee

Nobel Laureate and two-time Booker prize-winning author of Disgrace and The Life and Times of Michael K, J. M. Coetzee reimagines Daniel DeFoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe in Foe. In an act of breathtaking imagination, J. M Coetzee radically reinvents the story of Robinson Crusoe. In the early eighteenth century, Susan Barton finds herself adrift from a mutinous ship and cast ashore on a remote desert island. There she finds shelter with its only other inhabitants: a man named Cruso and his tongueless slave, Friday. In time, she builds a life for herself as Cruso's companion and, eventually, his lover. At last they are rescued by a passing ship, but only she and Friday survive the journey back to London. Determined to have her story told, she pursues the eminent man of letters Daniel Foe in the hope that he will relate truthfully her memories to the world. But with Cruso dead, Friday incapable of speech and Foe himself intent on reshaping her narrative, Barton struggles to maintain her grip on the past, only to fall victim to the seduction of storytelling itself. Treacherous, elegant and unexpectedly moving, Foe remains one of the most exquisitely composed of this pre-eminent author's works. 'A small miracle of a book. . . of marvellous intricacy and overwhelming power' Washington Post 'A superb novel' The New York Times South African author J. M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 and was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice for his novels Disgrace and The Life and Times of Michael K. His novel set during the South African apartheid, Age of Iron, winner of the Sunday Express Book of the Year award is also available in Penguin paperback.

Foe

by J. M. Coetzee

'A small miracle of a book ... of marvellous intricacy and overwhelming power' - The Washington Post Book World. Coetzee reinvents the story of Robinson Crusoe, directing our attention to the seduction and tyranny of storytelling itself.

Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship

by J. M. Coetzee

J.M. Coetzee presents a coherent, unorthodox analysis of censorship from the perspective of one who has lived and worked under its shadow. The essays collected here attempt to understand the passion that plays itself out in acts of silencing and censoring. He argues that a destructive dynamic of belligerence and escalation tends to overtake the rivals in any field ruled by censorship.

The Good Story

by J. M. Coetzee Arabella Kurtz

A fascinating dialogue on the human desire to make up stories between Nobel Prize-winning author J. M. Coetzee and psychotherapist Arabella Kurtz The Good Story is an exchange between a writer with a long-standing interest in moral psychology and a psychotherapist with training in literary studies. Coetzee and Kurtz consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both their approaches is a fascination with narrative. Working alone, the writer is in control of the story he or she tells. The therapist, on the other hand, collaborates with the patient in telling the story that might reveal the "truth." The authors discuss both individual psychology and the psychology of the group: the school classroom, the gang, the settler nation in which the brutal deeds of the ancestors must be accommodated into a national story. In a meeting of the minds that is illuminating, surprising, and thought provoking, Coetzee and Kurtz explore the human capacity for self-examination--our attempts to understand our own individual life stories as well as our part in the larger story through language.

Here and Now

by J. M. Coetzee Paul Auster

"[A] civilized discourse between two cultivated and sophisticated men. . . . It's a pleasure to be in their company." --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brought them together in 2008, novelists Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee began exchanging letters on a regular basis with the hope they might "strike sparks off each other." Here and Now is the result: a three-year epistolary dialogue that touches on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, literature to film, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, death, eroticism, marriage, friendship, and love. Their high-spirited and luminous correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and reveal their pleasure in each other's friendship on every page.

In the Heart of the Country

by J. M. Coetzee

On a remote farm in South Africa, the protagonist of J. M. Coetzee's fierce and passionate novel watches the life from which she has been excluded. Ignored by her callous father, scorned and feared by his servants, she is a bitterly intelligent woman whose outward meekness disguises a desperate resolve not to become "one of the forgotten ones of history." When her father takes an African mistress, that resolve precipitates an act of vengeance that suggests a chemical reaction between the colonizer and the colonized--and between European yearnings and the vastness and solitude of Africa. A story told in prose as feverishly rich as William Faulkner's, In the Heart of the Country is a work of irresistable power. With vast assurance and an unerring eye, J. M. Coetzee has turned the family romance into a mirror of the colonial experience.

Infancia

by J. M. Coetzee

Infancia es la primera parte de las memorias noveladas de J.M. Coetzee, que se completan con Juventud y Verano. Tiene diez años. Vive en Worcester, una pequeña localidad al norte de Ciudad del Cabo, con una madre a la que adora y detesta a la vez, un hermano menor y un padre por quien no siente respeto alguno. Lleva una doble vida: en el colegio es el alumno modélico, el primero de la clase; en casa, un pequeño déspota. Los secretos, los engaños y los miedos le atormentan; el amor por la granja familiar y por el veld, las desnudas mesetas sudafricanas, le arraigan a la tierra. J.M. Coetzee vuelca su talento de narrador sobrio, mesurado y elegante en este relato lleno de fuerza, en el que evoca su infancia a comienzos de los años cincuenta; escenas de una vida de provincias donde la inocencia en su estado más puro y la violencia soterrada forman parte tanto de la propia historia como de la de Sudáfrica. Reseñas:«Estas son las memorias de infancia de un alma sensible, que absorbe los impulsos elementales de la vida para utilizarlos posteriormente.»The Washington Post Book World «J.M. Coetzee escribe, como siempre, con una elegancia extraordinaria.»The Atlantic Montly

Juventud

by J. M. Coetzee

Juventud es la segunda parte de las memorias del Premio Nobel de Literatura, J.M. Coetzee, que se completan con Infancia y Verano. En Juventud, la segunda parte de las memorias noveladas del premio Nobel de Literatura J.M. Coetzee, el narrador, un estudiante en la Sudáfrica de los años cincuenta, lleva tiempo planeando escapar de su país natal: del sofocante amor de su madre, de un padre cuyos errores lo persiguen y de lo que adre, de un padre cuyos errores lo persiguen y de lo que parece ser una revolución inminente. Estudiando matemáticas, leyendo poesía y ahorrando dinero intenta asegurarse de que, cuando se enfrente a las vicisitudes del mundo real, sea eso lo que sea, estará preparado para experimentarlas con una intensidad total y para transformarlas en arte verdadero. Una vez en Londres, sin embargo, lo que se encuentra no es ni poesía ni bohemia. Más bien al contrario: sucumbe a la monotonía de una vida como programador informático, en la cual las aventuras esporádicas y carentes de amor no ofrecen consuelo alguno. Lejos de encontrar la inspiración, deja de escribir. La crítica ha dicho:«La visión de Coetzee alcanza el centro neurológico del ser. Lo que él halla ahí es más de lo que la mayoría de personas sabrán nunca sobre sí mismas, y sabe transmitirlo con un dominio de la tensión y una elegancia propios de un brillantísimo escritor.»Nadine Gordimer «Infancia y Juventud son dos obras perfectas.»Félix de Azúa «Desde los años sesenta, en que se sirvió de un ordenador Univac 1106 para estudiar la prosa de Samuel Beckett, J. M. Coetzee ha sido un arriesgado explorador del lenguaje. Coetzee ha emprendido una obra de alta originalidad para liberar a la palabra de ataduras. Las novelas luminosas y desconcertantes de J. M. Coetzee revelan que la verdad es siempre extranjera.» Javier Marías

Life and Times of Michael K

by J. M. Coetzee

In a south Africa torn by war, Michael K. sets out to take his ailing mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, Michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. This life affirming novel goes to the center of human experience-the need for an interior, spiritual life; for some connections to the world in which we live; and for purity of vision.<P><P> Man Booker Prize winner

The Lives of Animals

by J. M. Coetzee

The idea of human cruelty to animals so consumes novelist Elizabeth Costello in her later years that she can no longer look another person in the eye: humans, especially meat-eating ones, seem to her to be conspirators in a crime of stupefying magnitude taking place on farms and in slaughterhouses, factories, and laboratories across the world.Costello's son, a physics professor, admires her literary achievements, but dreads his mother's lecturing on animal rights at the college where he teaches. His colleagues resist her argument that human reason is overrated and that the inability to reason does not diminish the value of life; his wife denounces his mother's vegetarianism as a form of moral superiority.At the dinner that follows her first lecture, the guests confront Costello with a range of sympathetic and skeptical reactions to issues of animal rights, touching on broad philosophical, anthropological, and religious perspectives. Painfully for her son, Elizabeth Costello seems offensive and flaky, but--dare he admit it?--strangely on target.Here the internationally renowned writer J. M. Coetzee uses fiction to present a powerfully moving discussion of animal rights in all their complexity. He draws us into Elizabeth Costello's own sense of mortality, her compassion for animals, and her alienation from humans, even from her own family. In his fable, presented as a Tanner Lecture sponsored by the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, Coetzee immerses us in a drama reflecting the real-life situation at hand: a writer delivering a lecture on an emotionally charged issue at a prestigious university. Literature, philosophy, performance, and deep human conviction--Coetzee brings all these elements into play.As in the story of Elizabeth Costello, the Tanner Lecture is followed by responses treating the reader to a variety of perspectives, delivered by leading thinkers in different fields. Coetzee's text is accompanied by an introduction by political philosopher Amy Gutmann and responsive essays by religion scholar Wendy Doniger, primatologist Barbara Smuts, literary theorist Marjorie Garber, and moral philosopher Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation. Together the lecture-fable and the essays explore the palpable social consequences of uncompromising moral conflict and confrontation.

Las manos de los maestros. Ensayos selectos I

by J. M. Coetzee

Primer volumen de una magistral recopilación de los ensayos más brillantes del Premio Nobel de Literatura J.M. Coetzee, algunos de ellos inéditos, en torno a los escritores esenciales de la literatura universal. El acto de escribir está íntimamente unido al acto de leer, y a lo largo de su carrera J.M. Coetzee ha abrazado estrechamente ambas pasiones reflejándolas en su notable faceta de ensayista y crítico literario. En anteriores compilaciones de ensayos, el Premio Nobel ya evocaba las lecturas que apuntalaron la génesis de sus libros. Para Las manos de los maestros, el autor ha seleccionado algunos de estos ensayos, sus favoritos, y los ha acompañado de una serie de textos escritos posteriormente, que se publican ahora por primera vez en lengua española. A lo largo de dos volúmenes exclusivos, el autor vuelve a dar muestra de su aguda penetración crítica y de la gran admiración que siente hacia quienes considera susmaestros. Más allá de la erudición deslumbrante y la pasión por el estilo y el lenguaje de este sagaz observador, encontramos en estos textos las preocupaciones humanistas y estéticas de uno de los escritores más prestigiosos del mundo contemporáneo, en lo que podría definirse como la mejor aproximación a la obra de algunos de los grandes maestros de la literatura. En este primer volumen, Coetzee nos invita a viajar por la literatura de T.S. Elliot, Nadine Gordimer, Doris Lessing, Walt Whitman, William Faulkner, Arthur Miller, Philip Roth, Patrick White, Les Murray y Gerald Murnane. La crítica ha dicho...«J.M. Coetzee ha sido un arriesgado explorador del lenguaje.»Javier Marías «Un escritor de brillante maestría, tensión y elegancia.»Nadie Gordimer «Uno de los mejores premios Nobel de toda la historia.»ABC «Coetzee es un clásico porque su escritura ya nos pertenece a todos.»El mundo «Un enorme talento literario que no hace concesiones a la fama y las convenciones.»El País «Nadie pone en duda que Coetzee es uno de los grandes narradores de nuestro tiempo, ni cuestiona que si ocupa este lugar de referencia es, entre otras cosas, por la originalidad y el extremado rigor de su pensamiento.»Enrique de Hériz, El Periódico «Coetzee es extraño, duro, dueño de una inteligencia impactante que lo convierte en uno de los escritores contemporáneos más conmovedores.»The Guardian

Las manos de los maestros. Ensayos selectos II

by J. M. Coetzee

Segundo volumen de una magistral recopilación de los ensayos más brillantes del Premio Nobel de Literatura J.M. Coetzee, algunos de ellos inéditos, en torno a los escritores esenciales de la literatura universal. El acto de escribir está íntimamente unido al acto de leer, y a lo largo de su carrera J.M. Coetzee ha abrazado estrechamente ambas pasiones reflejándolas en su notable faceta de ensayista y crítico literario. En anteriores compilaciones de ensayos, el Premio Nobel ya evocaba las lecturas que apuntalaron la génesis de sus libros. Para Las manos de los maestros, el autor ha seleccionado algunos de estos ensayos, sus favoritos, y los ha acompañado de una serie de textos escritos posteriormente, que se publican ahora por primera vez en lengua española. A lo largo de dos volúmenes exclusivos, el autor vuelve a dar muestra de su aguda penetración crítica y de la gran admiración que siente hacia quienes considera sus maestros. Más allá de la erudición deslumbrante y la pasión por el estilo y el lenguaje de este sagaz observador, encontramos en estos textos las preocupaciones humanistas y estéticas de uno de los escritores más prestigiosos del mundo contemporáneo, en lo que podría definirse como la mejor aproximación a la obra de algunos de los grandes maestros de la literatura. En este segundo volumen encontramos a maestros de la talla de Erasmo de Rotterdam, J. W. Goethe, Friedrich Hölderlin, Joseph Roth, Robert Musil, Italo Svevo, Sándor Márai, Irène Némirovsky, Samuel Becket, Juan Ramón Jimenez, Zbigniew Herbert y Gabriel García Márquez. La crítica ha dicho...«J.M. Coetzee es un gran escritor, a quien tengo en gran estima, tanto en lo personal como en el plano literario.»José Saramago «J.M. Coetzee es uno de los grande narradores vivos.»Félix de Azúa «Un impresionante, original y hermosísimo modelo de rigor artístico y moral.»Ignacio Echevarría, El País «Coetzee es una de las grandes voces más poderosas de la actual literatura anglosajona. Sus libros nos confirman la excelencia de una escritura donde la conciencia artística siempre ha sido acompañada de un inequívoco propósito moral.»Rafael Narbona, El Cultural «Coetzee mira el mundo y lo escudriña con su bisturí de sabio.»El Mundo «Uno de los pocos escritores contemporáneos capaces de cuestionarnos con su escritura quiénes somos y en qué consiste estar vivos.»Qué leer «Crítica del más alto orden.»The Independent

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