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Foreword by Mariam C. Said Introduction by Michael Wood 1. Timeliness and Lateness 2. Return to the Eighteenth Century 3. Cosifan tutte at the Limits 4. On Jean Genet 5. A Lingering Old Order 6. The Virtuoso as Intellectual 7. Glimpses of Late Style Notes Index
In his final book, Edward Said explores the work of great artists, from Beethoven and Mozart to Genet and Mann, in their later years.
Edward Said (1935-2003) was one of the founding voices of postcolonial critical theory the author of Orientalism. A high profile advocate for Palestinian rights, he was also Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, USA.
Said's last book is a series of dazzling case studies exploring the idea of lateness in a range of composers, writers and artists. * London Review of Books * What Said stands for - critical intelligence, high art and the preservation of the language - must be at the centre of our lives. This book is a fine monument to his life and work * Hanif Kureishi * Gracefully unquiet, probing and wise ... Said's own elegiac masterpiece of late style * Financial Times *