Tag: J M Coetzee

  • JLF: The Old Woman and The Cats, read by JM Coetzee

    “You have held an Indian audience silent for over forty five minutes…”Of all the discussions, debates and readings at the festival, this was my favourite, because it was such a pure reading. Coetzee offered only a brief introduction, took no questions; this was not the usual ten-minute excerpt, either. Only poets read a complete piece […]

  • Book review: Summertime by J M Coetzee

    (Published in the Business Standard, October 2009)Summertime: Scenes From Provincial LifeJ M CoetzeeHarvill/ SeckerRs 799, 266 pages That this is a book by J M Coetzee about a dead and not entirely successful writer called John Coetzee will surprise no one who knows the work of the real Coetzee. Perhaps the only defence left to […]

  • The BS column: How not to write about evil

    (Published in the Business Standard, May 5, 2009) Over half a century of Indian writing in English has produced several contenders for the title of the defintive Partition novel; but other conflicts have been more elusive. Partition has been recorded in many Indian languages—from Manto’s classic, brutal short stories to Khushwant Singh’s Train to Pakistan […]