J.M. Coetzee [commentary]
According to Mario Vargas Llosa, literary awards ‘are extraordinarily arbitrary, sometimes stubbornly evading those who most deserve them while besieging and overwhelming those who merit them least’. Many of the world’s most influential writers — among them Henry James, Marcel Proust and James Joyce — did not receive the Nobel Prize, but Coetzee is a deserving recipient. Posterity will deliver the ultimate judgment on Coetzee’s work. For now, it has all the qualities of the finest literature.