The 2003’s Nobel Prize for literature is awarded to South African writer J.M. Coetzee, “who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider” as the jury put it. After Nadine Gordimer he is the second South Africa author to receive the prize.
The press release summarizes his work as follows:
J.M. Coetzee’s novels are characterised by their well-crafted composition, pregnant dialogue and analytical brilliance. But at the same time he is a scrupulous doubter, ruthless in his criticism of the cruel rationalism and cosmetic morality of western civilisation. His intellectual honesty erodes all basis of consolation and distances itself from the tawdry drama of remorse and confession. Even when his own convictions emerge to view, as in his defence of the rights of animals, he elucidates the premises on which they are based rather than he argues for them.
Well, I have to admit, though I heard a lot of good about Coetzee especially in the last year, I haven’t come around to read any of his work. However, I guess now would be the best time to dwelve into his novels!Powered by Sidelines