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Making mischief: J.M. Coetzee’s The Death of Jesus is one almighty tease

24 January 2020

10:00 PM

24 January 2020

10:00 PM

The Death of Jesus J.M. Coetzee

Harvill Secker, pp.208, £18.99

Late in this final volume of a tantalising trilogy, we hear that its enigmatic boy hero ‘would never tell you his meaning directly. Always left it to you to puzzle things out.’ That verdict surely applies not only to the trio of gnomic novels that ends with The Death of Jesus.

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