Joseph McElroy is the author of Women and Men (Dalkey Archive), The Letter Left to Me (Knopf), A Smuggler’s Bible and Plus (Carroll & Graf), and other novels. His Actress in the House will be published this month by Overlook Press (April 2003).
He says he is not a fighter–or rather, the narrator says it; he’s “an
onlooker,” someone who steps aside, “frail,” “not the savior of the
world,” not a “prophet,” speaking only to himself, liv
Blessed with a great subject, afflicted with it too, J.M. Coetzee has remade its meanings in the light of metaphor often no further from us than our own bodies.