J. M. Coetzee
A distinguished academic and multi-award-winning novelist, South African writer J.M. Coetzee studied both in Cape Town and also in the United States before taking up an academic post at the University of Cape Town.
His started writing fiction in the early 1970’s and his first works included the acclaimed debut Dusklands and In the Heart of the Country, which was later adapted for film. His novels Life & Times of Michael K. and Disgrace both won the Booker Prize, making Coetzee the first novelist to win the award twice. Compared with the writing of Daniel Defoe and often called Coetzee’s masterpiece, Disgrace – the story of a middle-aged lecturer accused of sexual misconduct who returns to the rural family home – remains a landmark meditation on violence, masculinity and the legacy of apartheid. The Times reviewed it as ‘a great novel by one of the finest authors writing in the English language today.’
Awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003, J.M. Coetzee’s other works include a loose trilogy of fictionalised memoir: Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life, Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II and Summertime which was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. His latest novels include Slow Man, Diary of a Bad Year and his Jesus trilogy, concluded in 2020 with The Death of Jesus.
Coetzee’s elliptical, inscrutable trilogy concludes with the same complex combination of the humour and tragedy that marked its predecessors out as unique and disquieting works. Concluding the story of the mercurial boy David, the double Booker-winner teases ambiguity and metaphor from his material with the skill and insight of a master storyteller.
Fiction by J. M. Coetzee
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