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J. M. Coetzee and Paul Auster letters to be published

24th December 2012

Correspondence between acclaimed authors J. M. Coetzee and Paul Auster, discussing topics as diverse as philosophy and fatherhood, is to be published next spring, it has been revealed.

The exchange of letters, called Here and Now, is a record of an 'epistolatory dialogue between two great writers who became great friends', publisher Faber was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

It is thought the two authors had admired each other's work for years, but didn't meet face-to-face until February 2008, when South African Coetzee suggested to Auster they begin regular correspondence.

The letters, with Auster in New York and Coetzee in Australia, cover topics as far and wide as incest, family, art, marriage and sport, among others.

'Their correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and is a reflection of two sharp intellects whose pleasure in each other's friendship is apparent on every page,' Faber was quoted as saying.

Coetzee and Auster are regarded as two of the finest writers today. Coetzee was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice – for Life and Times of Michael K and Disgrace – and also won 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.

US-born Auster has won a string of awards for his writing, with notable works including his debut, The Invention of Solitude, and The New York Trilogy.

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