Inner Workings: Literary Essays, 2000–2005

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First edition, published by Harvill Secker

Inner Workings is a series of 21 essays by the South African-born Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee. Coetzee originally published sixteen of the essays in the New York Review of Books and four as introductions to texts.[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.[2]


  1. ^ O'Connell, Clive (13 June 2007). "Aloofness the price for master critic's knowledge and incisiveness". Eureka Street 17 (10). Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Review of Inner Workings" by Walter Kirn (The New York Times, 5 August 2007). Retrieved 27 March 2015.