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Life And Times Of Michael K

Author : J. M. Coetzee
ISBN : 9781524705480
Genre : Fiction
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From author of Waiting for the Barbarians and Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee. J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, is now available from Viking. Late Essays: 2006-2016 will be available January 2018. In a South Africa turned 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.
Category: Fiction

Life And Times Of Michael K By J M Coetzee Book Analysis

Author : Bright Summaries
ISBN : 9782808015806
Genre : Study Aids
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Unlock the more straightforward side of Life and Times of Michael K with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Life and Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee, which tells the story of the titular protagonist’s journey to the farm where his mother grew up. Although his mother dies on the way, Michael continues to the farm alone, where he takes refuge from the civil war raging throughout the country, before being sent to and then escaping from an internment camp as a punishment for allegedly helping the rebels. Life and Times of Michael K won the Man Booker Prize in 1983; Coetzee later became the first writer to win the Booker Prize twice, with his novel Disgrace in 1999. Find out everything you need to know about Life and Times of Michael K in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with!
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Trauma Resistance Reconstruction In Post 1994 South African Writing

Author : Jaspal Kaur Singh
ISBN : 1433107007
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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The re-conceptualization of South Africa as a democracy in 1994 has influenced the production and reception of texts in this nation and around the globe. The literature emerging after 1994 provides a vision for reconciling the fragmented past produced by the brutality of apartheid policies and consequently shifting social relations from a traumatized past to a reconstructed future. The purpose of the essays in this anthology is to explore, within the literary imagination and cultural production of a post-apartheid nation and its people, how the trauma and violence of the past are reconciled through textual strategies. What role does memory play for the remembering subject working through the trauma of a violent past?
Category: Foreign Language Study

Secretary Of The Invisible

Author : Mike Marais
ISBN : 9789042027121
Genre : Literary Criticism
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How do individuals, who are part of a community, respond to the stranger as a stranger: i.e. without simply positioning this outsider in opposition to the community in which they are located? How may individuals receive something unknown and therefore surprising into their world without compromising it by identifying it in the terms of that world? In this study, Mike Marais traces the various ways in which Coetzee's fiction, fromDusklands through to Slow Man, repeatedly poses such questions of hospitality.It is shown that the form of ethical action staged in Coetzee's writing is grounded not in the individual's willed and rational achievement, but in his or her invasion and possession by the strangeness of the stranger. This ethic of hospitality, Marais argues, has a strong aesthetic dimension: for Coetzee, the writer is inspired to write by being acted upon by a force from beyond the phenomenal world. The writer is a secretary of the invisible. She or he is responsible to and for the invisible.Marais maintains that this understanding of writing as an involuntary response to that which exceeds history is evident from the first in Coetzee's fiction. In readings of the novels of the apartheid era, he traces this writer's rueful, ironic awareness of the limited, even incidental, form of political engagement that may emanate from such an aesthetic. He then goes on to argue that if it is the writer's obligation to render visible the invisible, writing must be a task that can never be completed. What is more, such writing is thus bound to be iterative in form. With this in mind, he traces the structural similarities between Coetzee's writing of the apartheid period and his post-apartheid and Australian writing, arguing that the later texts are self-reflexively aware of their endlessly repetitive nature.These contentions are developed incrementally through close readings of the individual novels that focus on recurring metaphors of hospitality – visitor, the stranger, the house, the castaway, the invisible, the dream, and the child.
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J M Coetzee The Life Of Writing

Author : David Attwell
ISBN : 9780198746331
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J.M. Coetzee is one of the world's most intriguing authors. Compelling, razor-sharp, erudite: the adjectives pile up but the heart of the fiction remains elusive. Now, David Attwell explores the extraordinary creative processes behind Coetzee's novels from 'Dusklands' to 'The Childhood of Jesus'.

J M Coetzee And The Paradox Of Postcolonial Authorship

Author : Dr Jane Poyner
ISBN : 9781409475521
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In her analysis of the South African novelist J. M. Coetzee's literary and intellectual career, Jane Poyner illuminates the author's abiding preoccupation with what Poyner calls the "paradox of postcolonial authorship". Writers of conscience or conscience-stricken writers of the kind Coetzee portrays, whilst striving symbolically to bring the stories of the marginal and the oppressed to light, always risk reimposing the very authority they seek to challenge. From Dusklands to Diary of a Bad Year, Poyner traces how Coetzee rehearses and revises his understanding of the ethics of intellectualism in parallel with the emergence of the "new South Africa". She contends that Coetzee's modernist aesthetics facilitate a more exacting critique of the problems that encumber postcolonial authorship, including the authority it necessarily engenders. Poyner is attentive to the ways Coetzee's writing addresses the writer's proper role with respect to the changing ethical demands of contemporary political life. Theoretically sophisticated and accessible, her book is a major contribution to our understanding of the Nobel Laureate and to postcolonial studies.
Category: Literary Criticism

Literary Gastronomy

Author : David Bevan
ISBN : 9051830629
Genre : Social Science
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The Language Of Fiction In A World Of Pain

Author : Barbara J. Eckstein
ISBN : 0812213211
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book offers new and provocative readings of Milan Kundera's Book of Laughter and Forgetting, J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians and Life and Times of Michael K, selected short fiction of Nadine Gordimer and Grace Paley, Ibuse Masuji's Black Rain, John Hawkes's Travesty, and others.
Category: Literary Criticism

Cape Town 2007

Author : Pramila Bennett
ISBN : 9783856307288
Genre : Psychology
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Book & CD. The 17th Triannual Congress of the International Association for Analytical Psychology took place in Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2007. The presentations are printed in this volume. A CD with all the congress presentations and a selection of images is also included. Listed here are just a few of the many presentations: Journeys -- Encounters Clinical, Communal, Cultural, by Joe Cambray; How Does One Speak of Social Psychology in a Nation in Transition?, by Mamphela Ramphele; Trauma, Forgiveness and the Witnessing Dance: Making Public Spaces Intimate, by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela; Shifting Shadows: Shaping Dynamics in the Cultural Unconscious, by Catherine Kaplinsky; Journey to the Center: Images of Wilderness and the Origins of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts, by Graham S Saayman; Panel: Prehistoric Rock Art: The Biped Surprised, by Christian Gaillard; and Harnessing the Brain: Vision and Shamanism in Upper Paleolithic Western Europe, by J D Lewis-Williams.
Category: Psychology

J M Coetzee

Author : David Attwell
ISBN : 0520912519
Genre : History
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David Attwell defends the literary and political integrity of South African novelist J.M. Coetzee by arguing that Coetzee has absorbed the textual turn of postmodern culture while still addressing the ethical tensions of the South African crisis. As a form of "situational metafiction," Coetzee's writing reconstructs and critiques some of the key discourses in the history of colonialism and apartheid from the eighteenth century to the present. While self-conscious about fiction-making, it takes seriously the condition of the society in which it is produced. Attwell begins by describing the intellectual and political contexts surrounding Coetzee's fiction and then provides a developmental analysis of his six novels, drawing on Coetzee's other writings in stylistics, literary criticism, translation, political journalism and popular culture. Elegantly written, Attwell's analysis deals with both Coetzee's subversion of the dominant culture around him and his ability to see the complexities of giving voice to the anguish of South Africa.
Category: History