His or her role is so multifaceted that it can be only understood as a subsumptive
This sets the tone for all that follows, and it is not much of a stretch to see it as the emotional core, the subsumptive
metaphor for the entire book.
The performative effect of writing-as-response, even before the subsumptive
themes and ideas are opened for analysis, is of particular interest to Coetzee.
If identitarian thinking forces societal processes into ready-made concepts, and if this form of thinking renders operative both totalitarian dictatorships and the subsumptive
capitalist culture industry, then history can only function as politically resistant if it illuminates the non-identity behind (or, perhaps, the fracture within) such domination.