JM Coetzee – Five Books for Critics
Nobel Prize winner, J.M. Coetzee, gave the National Book Critics Circle a list of five books he believes reviewers should have in their libraries.
The Iliad. – the standard for the narrative of action.
Aristotle, Poetics. – the terms for all later debate on the truth claims of history versus the truth claims of poetry.
Cervantes, Don Quixote. – source-book for all writers of fiction.
Rousseau, Confessions. – reminds us how hard it is to tell the truth.
Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov. – shows us what the novel of ideas can achieve.