Elizabeth Costello is an Australian writer of international renown. Famous
principally for an early novel that established her reputation, she has
reached the stage where her remaining function is to be venerated and
applauded. Her life has become a series of engagements in sterile
conference rooms throughout the world - a private consciousness obliged to
reveal itself to a curious public: the presentation of a major award at an
American college where she is required to deliver a lecture; a sojourn as
the writer in residence on a cruise liner; a visit to her sister, a
missionary in Africa, who is receiving an honorary degree, an occasion
which both recognise as the final opportunity for effecting some form of
reconciliation; and a disquieting appearance at a writers' conference in
Amsterdam where she finds the subject of her talk unexpectedly amongst the
audience. She has made her life's work the study of other people yet now it
is she who is the object of scrutiny. But, for her, what matters is the
continuing search for a means of articulating her vision and the verdict of
future generations.--'One of Coetzee's best-simply burns with creative
passion' D. J. Taylor, Independent --'An important book-Extraordinary'
Independent on Sunday--'Probably the best book on the (Booker) longlist,
the one that will last-Every word counts. Every sentence lives' Evening
Standard--'A readable and engaging book-Demanding, playful, provocative-
hugely enlightening and rewarding' Sunday Times --'Richly rewarding' Daily
Mail--'Highly readable and bracing' Scotsman--'Deals bravely with problems
that few other writers dare to think about' Telegraph

J. M. Coetzee—Elizabeth Costello - Eight Lessons