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In the latest issue of Prospect, I’ve written a piece comparing two of fiction’s “ageing masters,” Philip Roth and JM Coetzee. The contention of the piece is that, although there are obvious and important differences between them, Roth and Coetzee are alike in lots of ways. I am aware that such compare and contrast exercises can be slightly artificial: if you look hard enough, similarities can probably be found between any pair of writers. (When I mentioned to a journalist friend that I was thinking of writing a comparison between Roth and Coetzee, he said he’d long been intending to…

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