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John Maxwell Coetzee Writing Styles in Waiting for the Barbarians

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Style

Point of View

John Michael Coetze is one of the most acclaimed South African authors, who won the Booker Prize as well as the Nobel Price. He worked at first as a computer programmer after moving to South Africa from England. He studied linguistics at the University of Texas, and now teaches literature at the University of Cape in South Africa. Various perspectives used in this book involve also theoretical aspects with references to the post-colonial literary theory. Coetze changes his tone depending on the mood, action, and situation of the story.

The narration is constructed in the present tense without names of places, people, and time. These constraints provide context that allows for universalism. The story is told from the point of view of the narrator. The style used is deliberate, deep, and bare. It is deprived of details in some parts while using a great many details...

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