J.M. Coetzee - Novelist and Moralist
Can literature burst the bonds of reality which congeal the self and the other in a fixed constellation? How can one write against the imposition of power without enforcing one's own opinion? And how can the other be represented justly without obliterating its outline with the mere notion of a just picture? Taking off his glasses, Coetzee can provide an answer to these questions which is as vague as an unbespectacled look into the mirror must be.
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