1 November 2003

Elizabeth Costello through a poet's eyes

Andrew Riemer, on J.M. Coetzee's "Elizabeth Costello":
" In this strange but deeply satisfying book, Coetzee combines the two aspects of his literary personality in ways that may challenge some readers' preconceptions about the relationship between imaginative and critical writing. Elizabeth Costello is both a work of fiction and a formal discussion of ethical, cultural and theoretical issues which have been preoccupying literary critics and scholars in recent decades...
" For Elizabeth Costello, there are no certainties; she does not know whether she believes what she thinks she believes. Everything is provisional, constantly challenged by doubt, by gnawing scepticism."
(From a review in the Sydney Morning Herald, September 13, 2003)

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