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Here and Now

by J.M. Coetzee

PUBLISHED: 6th March 2014
ISBN: 9780099584223
ANNOTATION:
Not long after, Auster received a letter from Coetzee, suggesting they begin exchanging letters on a regular basis and, 'God willing, strike sparks off each other.'Here and Now is the result of that proposal: an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends.
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PUBLISHED: 6th March 2014
ISBN: 9780099584223
ANNOTATION:
Not long after, Auster received a letter from Coetzee, suggesting they begin exchanging letters on a regular basis and, 'God willing, strike sparks off each other.'Here and Now is the result of that proposal: an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends.

Annotation

Not long after, Auster received a letter from Coetzee, suggesting they begin exchanging letters on a regular basis and, 'God willing, strike sparks off each other.'Here and Now is the result of that proposal: an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends.

Publisher Description

Although Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee had been reading each other's books for years, the two writers did not meet until February 2008. Not long after, Auster received a letter from Coetzee, suggesting they begin exchanging letters on a regular basis and, 'God willing, strike sparks off each other.'

Here and Now is the result of that proposal- an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends. Over three years their letters touched on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, film festivals to incest, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, family, marriage, friendship, and love.

Their correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and is a reflection of two sharp intellects whose pleasure in each other's friendship is apparent on every page.

Back Cover

'How gripping it is to watch these two thoughtful, articulate men grappling with a world that hasn't quite turned out how they expected' New Statesman Although Paul Auster and J.M. Coetzee had been reading each other's books for years, the two writers did not meet until February 2008. Not long after, Auster received a letter from Coetzee, suggesting they begin exchanging letters on a regular basis and, 'God willing, strike sparks off each other.' Here and Now is the result of that proposal: an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends. Over three years their letters touched on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, film festivals to incest, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, family, marriage, friendship, and love. Their correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now, and is a reflection of two sharp intellects whose pleasure in each other's friendship is apparent on every page. 'A civilized discourse between two cultivated and sophisticated men...A pleasure to be in their company' The Washington Post

Author Biography

J.M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace, Summertime, The Childhood of Jesus and, most recently, The Schooldays of Jesus. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003.

Review

You feel that Auster and Coetzee are addressing each other directly and honestly. Some of it is rather moving, and underpinning it all is genuine affection -- Jon Day Daily Telegraph These pages are at their most compelling when the respective writers begin to dwell on the currency of their fiction -- Tim Adams Observer How gripping it is to watch these two thoughtful, articulate men grappling with a world that hasn't quite turned out how they expected -- Olivia Laing New Statesman Uniquely insightful, unfailingly interesting -- Arifa Akbar Independent Extraordinary book Times Literary Supplement

Review Text

"Extraordinary book"

Promotional "Headline"

A collection of letters between two of the greatest writers of our time, J.M. Coetzee and Paul Auster.

Product Details

Author
J.M. Coetzee
Pages
256
Year
2014
ISBN-10
0099584220
ISBN-13
9780099584223
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2014-03-06
Subtitle
Letters
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Short Title
Here and Now
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade