n English in Africa - "We are not made for revelation" : letters to Francis Bacon in the Postscript to J. M. Coetzee's

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



The postscript follows the signature of the letter or the text of the book. As an addition to a communication that has already taken place, it gestures to the inconclusiveness of the writing, its failure of closure. It is an afterthought that paradoxically draws attention to itself, simultaneously marking and transgressing the limits of language. While peripheral to the body of the already written text, it is rendered emphatic precisely through this very separation, where, from beyond the margins, it fills a gap, accentuates a point, provides a new angle, a fresh observation, opening up the text to further elaboration. In J. M. Coetzee's , the paradox of the postscript is incorporated into the meaning of the work itself. Anterior to and excluded from the narrative, it speaks to the issues raised in the narrative from another place.

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