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Literary Cynics


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Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction Paradox One Money Problems in Borges, Beckett and Coetzee 1 The Currency of Cosmopolitan Fame Paradox Two Coetzee, Borges and Negotiated Truth 2 Borges's Parables Paradox Three Borges, Beckett and the Sincerity Paradox 3 Beckett's Impromptus Paradox Four Locating Beckett in Patagonia and South Africa 4 Coetzee's Lessons Paradox Five Creaturely Dog Men Conclusion: On Mere Life Notes Bibliography Index

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Offers new perspectives on the way in which Borges, Beckett and Coetzee negotiate cynicism, cosmopolitanism and celebrity.

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Arthur Rose is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of English Studies, and the Centre for Medical Humanities, at Durham University, UK.


Concentrated and cerebral, it is also deeply embroiled in a conversation with existing scholarship. It is without a doubt a vital addition to studies of Borges, Beckett and Coetzee, however; and of literary cynicism itself. * Times Literary Supplement *
An elaborate and admirably argued monograph ... Rose gives fascinating insight into the interrelations between each writer and his work by demonstrating how Borges, Beckett, and Coetzee exploit style [and form] ... An illuminating study. * Journal of Modern Literature *
Literary Cynics: Borges, Beckett, Coetzee is a study that will serve scholars of any of these respective authors looking for a thematic connection across continents. More meaningfully, it is revelatory in its theoretical discussion of revolution at its thresholds. * A Contracorriente *
Rose writes in the same way he lectures, with great authority ... fluency, flair, and self-assurance. * Review 31 *
Here is an urbane polemic, a quietly cynical response to critical practices that ground authorial authority. * Mike Marais, Professor of English, Rhodes University, South Africa, in Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies *

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