Κυριακή, 8 Ιανουαρίου 2017

J.M. Coetzee

Πολύ αγαπημένος μου συγγραφέας ο J.M. Coetzee. Αυτές τις μέρες διαβάζω ένα εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο για αυτόν, ένα είδος λογοτεχνικής βιογραφίας του, ένα βιβλίο που παρουσιάζει τη "διαδικασία" γέννησης και δημιουργίας των έργων του Coetzee:

"Given the philosophical position with which he began, that is, the critique of Western rationality, it is clearer now why Coetzee would never completely make peace with realism, though several later novels seek to do so, as we will see. The basis of his entry into fiction was this anti-rationalism, and a revolt against what he saw as realism's unadventurous epistemology. But the sudden interest in parody in Dusklands, which made sense politically and philosophically in 1970, would have had the effect of imploding some of his own long-held assumptions about the novel as a form, which, as he saw it, was an invention of the realist tradition that ran from Defoe through Flaubert, Henry James and on to Ford Madox Ford.

Joyce, too, was a writer of realism to Coetzee at this stage, a psychological realism that sets about building a credible representation of consciousness, though with a mythic undercarriage borrowed from Homer. All this helps to explain why Dusklands is such a formally peculiar work. Coetzee was actually in rebellion against himself. He wanted to write, but how could he, when his support structures were collapsing?"

D. Attwell, "J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing", Oxford University Press, 2015, p. 62-63.

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