Elizabeth Costello

Elizabeth Costello

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Penguin Putnam
In 1982, J. M. Coetzee dazzled the literary world with the now classic Waiting for the Barbarians. Five novels and two Booker prizes later, Coetzee is a writer of international stature and a novelist whose publication of a new work is heralded as a literary event. Now, in his first work of fiction since The New York Times bestselling Disgrace, he has crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale.

Elizabeth Costello is a distinguished and aging Australian novelist whose life is revealed through an ingenious series of eight formal addresses. From an award-acceptance speech at a New England liberal arts college to a lecture on evil in Amsterdam and a sexually charged reading by the poet Robert Duncan, Coetzee draws the reader inexorably toward its astonishing conclusion.

Vividly imagined and masterfully wrought in his unerring prose, Elizabeth Costello is, on its surface, the story of a woman's life as mother, sister, lover, and writer. Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling that only a writer of Coetzee's caliber could accomplish.

Baker & Taylor
Reveals the life of aging Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello through a series of formal addresses that includes an award-acceptance speech at a New England liberal arts college and a lecture on evil in Amsterdam.

Baker
& Taylor

The life of aging Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello is revealed through a series of eight formal addresses that include an award-acceptance speech at a New England liberal arts college, a lecture on evil in Amsterdam, and a sexually charged reading by poet Robert Duncan. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, c2003
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670031306
0670031305
Branch Call Number: F COE
Characteristics: 233 p. ; 22 cm

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Apr 30, 2014

I...tried.

Perhaps I struggle with Coetzee books. Maybe I don't like characters built entirely around existential truths that I don't find very truthy, existential, or interesting. Or, I might be so much at peace about eating meat that I’m unable to connect with the striking amount of vegetarianism promotion. Ultimately, I'm not exactly sure what happened here, but I tried

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