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This metafictional novella by the South African Nobel laureate depicts lectures delivered by a fictional character, Elizabeth Costello, regarding animals and what is done to them, and lays out the emotional impact upon those humans who attend to this reality. The book includes responses by Marjorie Garber, Peter Singer, Wendy Doniger and Barbara Smuts. The work is recreated in Coetzee’s subsequent novel, Elizabeth Costello.

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