J M Coetzee


Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

African Writers and the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

As the Nobel Committee for Literature announces their chosen awardee tomorrow (1pm Swedish time), the past several weeks has been littered by quite a few notable predictions, arguments, and dream-lists. Even sports betting company Ladbrokes weighed in. Ladbrokes, btw, has Assia Djebar from Algeria at 12/1 odds, Ngugi wa Thiong’o at 20/1 and Nuruddin Farrah at

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The argument over J.M. Coetzee

Literature should generate lively public debates — all scholars worth their salt will proclaim. We believe in the importance of culture and think that intellectual tussles over significant books, and not celebrity gossip, should grace the front page...

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Summer List: More Readings in New Academic Books

Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities by Carl Nightingale (University of Chicago Press, 2012) examines the world history of segregation, highlighting the notorious role played by South Africa in dividing communities along racial lines (a central...

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The most influential African thinker alive

At the end of 2011 we contemplated asking you, dear reader, who you think was the most influential African thinker alive. We abandoned the idea for a while because of our thing against lists (except our end of...

Monday, February 6th, 2012

JM Coetzee’s Cricketing Life

It was with some intrigue that my J.M. Coetzee google alert recently informed me that the elusive author had published something new; this time, apparently, in a contribution to a book celebrating, of all things, Australian cricket.

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

‘Wildlife in Black and White’

Monday, August 8th, 2011

White Writing

Years ago, during my first years as a hired hand in academia, I was more careful about doing The Right Thing. I’d read JM Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians as a student, and something clicked for me...

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Invictus is not a country

Writer Imraan Coovadia, on lit magazine n+1‘s blog, writing about the tenplate for “the South African story” in Western media: … In the run up to the World Cup even usually intelligent publications like Harper’s and the London...

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

So, just who is JM Coetzee?

The Gulf newspaper, The National, has a profile on “the South African giant of contemporary literature” JM Coetzee in which, unsurprisingly, other people does all the talking.  It also rehashes all the familiar controversies of the last...

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna Hussein, the woman who wore jeans in...

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Audio: JM Coetzee reads from his new novel

J M Coetzee reads from his new novel, “Summertime,” forthcoming from Viking in December (in the United States), for The New York Review of Books podcast:

Friday, August 7th, 2009

J M Coetzee Quotes

“The New York Review of Books” excerpted a few pages from J M Coetzee’s new novel, “Summertime,” to be published later this month in the UK and in October in the US. I have already posted one...

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

The fate of Christian civilization in Africa

An excerpt from J M Coetzee’s new (autobiographical) novel, “Summertime.” The excerpt was published in the latest issue of The New York Review of Books: