Inner Workings is the second of three collections of literary criticism by J. M. Coetzee to be republished by Text. It includes essays on Musil and Beckett, Saul Bellow and Nadine Gordimer. These are concise, accessible introductions to some of the world’s greatest writers, by a contemporary master.
‘Freed from literary convention, Mr Coetzee writes not to provide answers, but to ask great questions.’
‘For all the sharpness and sorrow of Coetzee’s writing, there is something grandly calming about his style: his sentences seem to give off light, and not in a hard dazzle, but in the glow of a child’s night-light.’
‘A major force in contemporary writing. A master, in fact. ’