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Late Essays is the last of three collections of literary criticism by J. M. Coetzee to be republished by Text. It includes essays on Flaubert and Goethe, Patrick White and Gerald Murnane. 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 abouthis style: his sentences seem to give off light, and not in a hard dazzle, but in the glow of achild’s night-light.’
‘A major force in contemporary writing. A master, in fact.’