The lives of animals 1999 is a metafictional novella about animal rights by the south african novelist j m coetzee recipient of the 2003 nobel prize in literature the work is introduced by amy gutmann and followed by a collection of responses by marjorie garber peter singer wendy doniger and barbara smuts. The lives of animals is a moral argument within a fictional framework but fiction has the power to disturb and inspire strong emotions and this book thoughtfully argued and committed is certainly a case in point maren meinhardt times literary supplement read more. In the late 90s the novelist j m coetzee was invited to princeton to give the tanner lectures he chose to speak on the topic that is sometimes referred to in philosophy as the moral status of animals and the result is the lives of animals. The lives of animals is a stimulating and worrying book it is hard to imagine anyone coming away from it without a new perspective on our relation not only to animals but to the natural world in general and indeed to ourselves. The lives of animals is mostly a lecture about the animals animal rights and animal human relationships in the voice of a novelist called elizabeth costello costello has been invited to appleton
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