Reviews

  • "It is the Man Booker prize-winning novelist’s agenda that drives the absorbing discussions of this book. Kurtz’s pieces are replies to Coetzee’s questions, and as such are insightful for both [psychoanalysis and novel-writing]"

    Gerard Woodward, Independent
  • "Coetzee and Kurtz range freely across space and time, from ancient spells of bewitchment to the "confessions" of celebrities in magazines. Their arguments have a meditative quality, challenging, and helpfully open-ended"

    Lewis Jones, Newsweek Europe
  • "Coetzee’s writing is characteristically spare and penetrating… Kurtz proves both a lucid expositor and an evocative literary stylist, bringing psychoanalytic ideas and practices to life with rare precision and immediacy"

    Josh Cohen, Literary Review
  • "[Arabella Kurtz] writes with wonderful eloquence about imagination and the self, parrying Coetzee's relentless unmasking with her gently intelligent demurral"

    Tessa Hadley, Guardian
  • "Coetzee is an exceptionally clear thinker, and his gift for expressing complex concepts through considered, precise prose is impressive"

    Totally Dublin