Source: Bookings: The King’s Co-op Bookstore Podcast
Ep 12. A Study in J.M. Coetzee
Paul flies solo on this episode of Bookings and is joined by Dalhousie University English professor Dr. Alice Brittan for a crash course in the writing of John Maxwell (J.M.) Coetzee.
Coetzee is one of the greatest living authors today and has a widely respected catalogue of novels and essays. He is the first author to ever win two Booker prizes and he was also awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2003. A uniquely private and reclusive person, Coetzee has done very few interviews over his career and even refused to show up in person to accept any of these awards.
Alice talks with Paul about J.M. Coetzee as a writer and they dive into his most famous novel Disgrace, winner of the 1999 Booker Prize. Following this, Paul and Alice discuss Coetzee’s most recent novels The Childhood of Jesus and The Schooldays of Jesus. These are unique and polarizing works with many people finding themselves not quite sure what to make of them.
And as always, Paul and Alice discuss what they’ve been reading and discuss Emily Wilson’s new translation of The Odyssey.
Bookings is recorded at the University of King’s College by Mark Pineo and produced by Paul MacKay and Jesse Hiltz.
Music: All I Have Left are These Photographs by Lee Rosevere
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