Coetzee, J. M. 1998

Thursday, December 3, 1998

It seemed to him, coming from his island, where until Friday arrived he lived a silent life, that there was too much speech in the world. In bed beside his wife he felt as if a shower of pebbles were being poured upon his head, in an unending rustle and clatter, when all he desired was to sleep.

– J. M. Coetzee, “He and his man” Nobel lecture

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