J. M. Coetzee
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J. M. Coetzee
The writers who have the deepest influence on one are those one reads in ones more impressionable, early life, and often it is the more…
As for September 11, let us not too easily grant the Americans possession of that date on the calendar. Like May 1 or July 14…
There are works of literature whose influence is strong but indirect because it is mediated through the whole of the culture rather than immediately through…
I see no marks of Wordsworths style of writing or style of thinking in my own work, yet Wordsworth is a constant presence when I…
Elizabeth, Lady C, claims to be writing at the limits of language. Would it not be insulting to her if I were diligently to follow…
The mode of consciousness of nonhuman species is quite different from human consciousness.
The idea of writer as sage is pretty much dead today. I would certainly feel very uncomfortable in the role.
Strictly speaking, my interest is not in legal rights for animals but in a change of heart towards animals.
If there were a better, clearer, shorter way of saying what the fiction says, then why not scrap the fiction?
I tend to resist invitations to interpret my own fiction.
My response, a dubious and hesitant one, is that it has been and may continue to be, in the time that is left to me,…
In its conception the literature prize belongs to days when a writer could still be thought of as, by virtue of his or her occupation,…
As you see, I do not treat the creation of fiction, that to say the invention and development of fantasies, as a form of abstract…
We are not by nature cruel.
If it is indeed impossible – or at least very difficult – to inhabit the consciousness of an animal, then in writing about animals there…
The most important of all rights is the right to life, and I cannot foresee a day when domesticated animals will be granted that right…
I say that I represent this movement because my intellectual allegiances are clearly European, not African.
That has always seemed to me one of the stranger aspects of literary fame: you prove your competence as a writer and an inventor of…
In order to be cruel we have to close our hearts to the suffering of the other.
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