JM Coetzee reads a new story, ‘The Glass Abattoir’, and announces a new book to feature Elizabeth Costello
This article has been published on the Johannesburg Review of Books website. It begins:
As part of the programme for an international congress on ‘The work of John Maxwell Coetzee in Latin America’, JM Coetzee read a new story called ‘The Glass Abattoir’ from a forthcoming book that will feature the character Elizabeth Costello.
In the discussion that follows the reading, Coetzee talks about the moral didactic purpose and the notion of the psychological crisis in his work, and his reasons for choosing fiction, instead of essays or lectures, to explore these ideas.
The event was held in Beunos Aires, Argentina, on 12 and 13 September, and was organised by the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA) with the support of the Coetzee Chair at the National University of San Martín.