While compiling a biography on the late author John Coetzee, a writer interviews people who knew him, and sifts through his notebooks. The result is a mixture of fiction and memoir with a most unusual and innovative structure.
Instead, the focus shifts to the interviewees rather than the subject of the book. Coetzee has written a moving, nostalgic tale that even has some humourous episodes. This ‘novel’ forms part 3 in Coetzee’s series of fictionalised autobiographies, following Boyhood and Youth.
By: Calvin Scholtz, Wordsworth Longbeach