• 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

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