• "The scale of Coetzee's reading makes most British criticism seem dully provincial"

    Andrew Marr, Daily Telegraph
  • "To read him on Kafka and on the deficiencies of the English translation of the work is to be put in touch with criticism at its most attentive and creative"

    Irish Indepedent
  • "This is exemplary writing - balanced, clear, direct and profound"

    Literary Review
  • "'What is a Classic?' a marvellous essay, and the book is worth buying for it alone. Coetzee the critic is every bit as good as Coetzee the novelist"

    Irish Times