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Clear signals are given, here, not simply that the lucid narrating voice is unreliable, but that a process of concealment is operative: the amorality of an unhinged psyche is 'cloaked' (but actually revealed) by a discourse of attempted rational justification. This is a principle that holds good for the novel as a whole. It also raises the issue of how self-justification undermines itself, and this has direct ramifications, by analogy, for Dawn's assimilation of brutality, and for his work as mythographer.

Everywhere its surface is the same. The glint in the eye, which in a moment luckily never to arrive will through the camera look into my eyes, is bland and opaque under my fingers, yielding no passage into the interior of this obscure but indubitable man. I keep exploring. Under the persistent pressure of my imagination, acute and morbid in the night, it may yet yield. (D, 16-17) The desire, through 'exploration', to make the image of the man cyield? its 'interior' is palpably at one with the desire for colonial domination.

The American Dilemma. 3) The second section, 'The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee', with its subsections and attendant apparatus, is based on the travel writing of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century 'explorers' of the Cape (the original Jacobus Coetse was a distant ancestor of the author) (DP, 52). 4 Those critics who have found fault with Dusklands have tended to concentrate on the obliquity of the book's method: Coetzee is condemned for failing to offer a more direct rejection of the colonial violence he represents.

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