John Maxwell Coetzee | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Martha Bayles

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Critical Review by Martha Bayles

SOURCE: "The Silencers," in New York Times, September 22, 1996, p. 33.

In the following review, Bayles praises Coetzee's approach to questions of censorship in Giving Offense.

"Of all the pathologies," J. M. Coetzee writes, "paranoia has been the most amenable to artificial simulation." The workings of the paranoid mind. Mr. Coetzee explains, can be programmed into a computer so that "qualified psychiatrists have been unable to tell whether what is being relayed to them is the verbal behaviour of a human being or an automaton." Not surprisingly for a dissident South African novelist, Mr. Coetzee finds a similar narrow, predictable "automatism" in state censorship.

Yet in Giving Offense, an extraordinary collection of essays written over the past eight years, Mr. Coetzee does not cast himself as the noble, freedom-loving artist; he finds...

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