Inner Workings: Literary Essays, 2000–2005

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First edition
(publ. Harvill Secker)

Inner Workings is a series of 21 essays by the South African-born Nobel Prize winner John Maxwell Coetzee. All but five appeared first in the New York Review of Books; of the remainder, all but one appeared as introductions to single texts or collections. The odd man out is a study of Arthur Miller's screenplay for John Huston's film The Misfits and this singular instance of toe-dipping is one of the shorter pieces that Coetzee produces as an instance of his recent forensic preoccupations.[1]

Writers discussed in this collection include Italo Svevo, Robert Walser, Robert Musil, Walter Benjamin, Bruno Schulz, Joseph Roth, Sándor Márai, Paul Celan, Günter Grass, W.G. Sebald, Hugo Claus, Graham Greene, Samuel Beckett, Walt Whitman, William Faulkner, Saul Bellow, Arthur Miller, Philip Roth, Nadine Gordimer, Gabriel García Márquez, and V.S. Naipaul.


  1. ^ Article about Inner Workings [1], retrieved June 1, 2007.