Getting Past Coetzee
Gert-Johan Coetzee - Wikipedia
Somewhere else again, there lurks the possibility that within this carefully administered, rather dreary Spanish-speaking world, the novelist might be testing the limits and dimensions of a certain kind of utopia: ascetic, vaguely socialist, inclining towards the vegetarian. When Dmitri is found to be a brutal murderer, the trial scenes are positively Norwegian in their leniency and attempt at rehabilitation. None of the characters emerges as particularly engaging, and so the resulting document is a kind of anti-novel, as wilful and unconcerned with popularity as its proto-messianic boy protagonist.
Which is something that can be grudgingly admired, perhaps, but hardly enjoyed. Sign up. Is it some form of private salvation you are trying to work out? Do you hope you can expiate the crimes of the past by suffering in the present?
You keep misreading me. Guilt and salvation are abstractions. He wants to respond, but she cuts him short. Working as swiftly as he can, holding tight to Teresa, he tries to sketch out the opening pages of a libretto. Get the words down on paper, he tells himself.
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Once that is done it will all be easier. Then there will be time to search through the masters — through Gluck, for instance — lifting melodies, perhaps — who knows?
But by steps, as he begins to live his days more fully with Teresa and the dead Byron, it becomes clear that purloined songs will not be good enough, that the two will demand a music of their own. And, astonishingly, in dribs and drabs, the music comes.
Sometimes the contour of a phrase occurs to him before he has a hint of what the words themselves will be; sometimes the words call forth the cadence; sometimes the shade of a melody, having hovered for days on the edge of hearing, unfolds and blessedly reveals itself. As the action begins to unwind, furthermore, it calls up of its own accord modulations and transitions that he feels in his blood even when he has not the musical resources to realize them.
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