Sixteen works of short fiction, prose-poems, and a play contributed by some of our most exciting contemporary writers. Named after Nobel Prize and Man Booker International Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, After Coetzee: An Anthology of Animal Fictions honors, follows, and succeeds at the task Coetzee set forth in his prize-winning novels: to present a literature for and about animals.
David Armstrong • Jonathan Balcombe • Gary Barwin • David Brooks • Amy Cicchino • Gabriel Gudding • Diane Josefowicz • Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis • Olga Kotnowska • Justin Maxwell • W. P. Osborn • Melanie Rae Thon • J.T. Townley • M.X. Wang • Laura Madeline Wiseman • Kyoko Yoshida
With photo art by Kathryn Eddy (Plastic Animals Don't Scream).
Seahorses who sing a chorus with a message, a capuchin monkey in a zoo who yearns to express his true nature, a boy who knows that selling tiger bones and alligator tails is wrong and soon faces a terrifying fate of his own—these are just some of the creatures in the fabulous fiction collection After Coetzee who invite us to see animals with a fresh and compassionate eye. I loved this book and its gorgeous language.
—Barbara J. King, author of Personalities on the Plate: The Lives & Minds of Animals We Eat
Through conscientious attention to what goes unseen, this collection conveys the sense that language and literature are powerful resources for examining the unspeakable....After Coetzee is urgent fiction and poetry direct from our fractious, fragile social and environmental moment.
—Hannah K. Weber, Necessary Fictions review
This collection is at the forefront of a literary corpus to continue Coetzee’s project [and] is a work of art of interest to anyone who enjoys good writing. That said, academics...would do well to assure this anthology makes its way into any course where literature and culture are being studied...
—Kim Socha, "Animals beyond Metaphor"