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Coetzee, J. M. . STRANGER SHORES: LITERARY ESSAYS 1986-1999. New York City, NY: Viking, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 295 pages. As New/As New.

The author's landmark collection of literary essays. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "An acclaimed novelist, J. M. Coetzee is also a rigorous essayist, as evident in his collection on censorship, 'Giving Offense' (1996), and in his serious literary criticism. This gathering of 26 essays displays the range and interpretative richness of his profound involvement in other writers' work, beginning with an intriguing inquiry into how Daniel Defoe was eclipsed by his own creation, the now mythic Robinson Crusoe, and Coetzee's vision for a screen adaptation of Samuel Richardson's 'Clarissa'. Writing from a consistently elevated political perspective as well as academically calibrated aesthetics, Coetzee also digs into Joseph Frank's monumental five-volume biography of Dostoevsky, discusses the work of Czech writer Josef Skvorecky, and roughs up A. S. Byatt. Caribbean novelist Caryl Phillips comes in for searing criticism even as Coetzee praises him for 'remembering what the West would like to forget'. Aharon Appelfeld, Naguib Mahfouz, and a constellation of South African writers, including Nadine Gordimer and Doris Lessing, Daphne Rooke and Breyten Breytenbach, are all treated with equal measures of skepticism and respect to illuminating ends" (Publishers Weekly). A "must-have" title for J. M. Coetzee collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time and is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Lannan Award in 1998, the Jerusalem Prize in 1999, the Booker Prize in 1983 for "The Life & Times of Michael K" and in 1999 for "Disgrace", the first writer to win the most prestigious British literary award twice. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. One of the greatest living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER J. M. COETZEE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0670899828. $40.00

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