Writing, the Foe of Death

“Yes, I said: today is the day. Yet today has passed and I have not gone through with what I promised. For as long as the trail of words continues, you know with certainty that I have not gone through with it: a rule, another rule. Death may indeed be the last great foe of writing, but writing is also the foe of death. Therefore, writing, holding death at arm’s length, let me tell you that I meant to go through with it, began to go through with it, did not go through with it.” J.M. Coetzee, Age of Iron

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