J. M. Coetzee World Literature Analysis - Essay

J. M. Coetzee World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

For the uninitiated reader, Coetzee’s fictional texts are highly sophisticated, featuring complex plot development and character formation. Furthermore, the mostly short novels are dense in their allusions to historical and political facts, which contribute to the difficulty of their comprehension. Although the situations in his novels derive from the realities of South Africa in the second half of the twentieth century, Coetzee’s fiction often breaks with the conventions of realistic narration, creating stories that have a timeless and fablelike aspect and carry numerous layers of meaning. Very often, the novels are constructed from interior monologues, in which the narrator seems to be speaking to himself or herself. The...

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