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The Good Story

(2015)
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J.M. Coetzee: What relationship do I have with my life history? Am I its conscious author, or should I think of myself as simply a voice uttering with as little interference as possible a stream of words welling up from my interior?

Arabella Kurtz: One way of thinking about psychoanalysis is to say that it is aimed at setting free the narrative or autobiographical imagination.

The Good Story is a fascinating dialogue about psychotherapy and the art of storytelling between a writer with a long-standing interest in moral psychology and a psychotherapist with training in literary studies. Coetzee and Kurtz consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both of their approaches is a concern with narrative. Working alone, the writer is in control of the story he or she tells. The therapist, on the other hand, collaborates with the patient in developing an account of the patient's life and identity that is both meaningful and true.

In a meeting of minds that is illuminating and thought-provoking, the authors discuss both individual psychology and the psychology of the group: the school classroom, gangs and the settler nation, in which the brutal deeds of ancestors are accommodated into a national story. Drawing on great writers like Cervantes and Dostoevsky and psychoanalysts like Freud and Melanie Klein, Coetzee and Kurtz explore the human capacity for self-examination, our wish to tell our own life stories and the resistances we encounter along the way.

J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, will soon be available from Viking.

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Hardback Editions

September 2015 : USA Hardback
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
ISBN: 0-525-42951-4 / 978-0-525-42951-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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May 2015 : UK Hardback
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
ISBN: 1-84655-888-3 / 978-1-84655-888-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): Professor of General Literature J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
ISBN: 0-14-310982-0 / 978-0-14-310982-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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May 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
ISBN: 0-09-959822-1 / 978-0-09-959822-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
ISBN: 1-84655-889-1 / 978-1-84655-889-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : Audio CD
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
ISBN: 1-5113-3717-6 / 978-1-5113-3717-5
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2016 : Audio CD
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
ISBN: 1-5113-3718-4 / 978-1-5113-3718-2
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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September 2016 : MP3 CD
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
ISBN: 1-5113-3720-6 / 978-1-5113-3720-5
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2015 : MP3 CD
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
ISBN: 1-5113-3719-2 / 978-1-5113-3719-9
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2015 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   

May 2015 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy
Author(s): J M Coetzee, Arabella Kurtz
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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