Search Results: "J.M. Coetzee"


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THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This is an unconventional novel indeed, with inscrutable characters wandering through a bleak and tenebrous world."
Nobel Prize winner Coetzee delivers a deliberately paced and enigmatic novel about a strange child and his surrogate mother and father. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A BAD YEAR by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"There's something wrong with a novel in which a twisted, exploitative sexual relationship is far less interesting than are dozens of pages of discursive commentary. But that's the new, improved Coetzee for you. Maybe we should blame the Swedish Academy."
The 2003 Nobel winner's latest (Inner Workings: 2000-2005, 2007, etc.) is another drama shaped as intellectual argument, unhappily akin to its immediate predecessors Elizabeth Costello (2003) and (the somewhat livelier) Slow Man (2005). Read full book review >

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AGE OF IRON by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 1990

"But overall this is truly a moving, harrowing recitative—the work of a masterly writer."
Coetzee (Waiting for the Barbarians, 1982; Life and Times of Michael K, 1984) has never before written so undeliberate and passionate a novel as this, an agonizing valediction by an old woman—a South African classics teacher, dying of cancer—in the form of a letter to her daughter in America. Mrs. Curren accepts her doctor's report of terminal disease with resignation, returning to her house only to fined a vagrant sleeping in the yard, an unwashed isolato named (she eventually finds out) Vercueil whom she is too weak to turn out. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH COSTELLO by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"As argument, literate, impassioned, and disturbing; as fiction, overemphatic and often dull. Perhaps only for Coetzee's most ardent admirers."
Multiple Booker winner Coetzee (Disgrace, 2000, etc.) dramatizes—just barely—a celebrated Australian author's considerations of "the humanities" as embodied in moral action. Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOLDAYS OF JESUS by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A novel only for those who want to update their reading of the Nobel Prize-winning Coetzee."
Coetzee continues the allegorical musings he began in The Childhood of Jesus with this sequel, which is equally elliptical, sparse, and vexing. Read full book review >

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SUMMERTIME by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 28, 2009

"The real Coetzee's austere integrity and terse candor make this the best yet of his ongoing self-interrogations."
Defiantly inconclusive some-kind-of-fiction from Booker- and Nobel Prize-winning Coetzee (Diary of a Bad Year, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 1988

"What is inescapable, however, is a reader's conclusion that South African writing's golden age is not then but now—as it worries the bone of previous barbarisms of attitude, the cultural determinism, in the in-every-way pale tradition Coetzee details."
South African novelist Coetzee (Waiting for the Barbarians, 1982; Life & Times of Michael K, 1984) is a professor as well at the University of Cape Town—and this collection of seven essays about writings by whites in South Africa has a fashionable structuralist feel to it. Read full book review >

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THE EXPEDITION TO THE BAOBAB TREE by Wilma Stockenström
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A challenging, compelling work for readers who are willing to give it the concentration it demands."
An early-1980s South African novel about a female slave living in a tree receives American publication three decades after it was written. Read full book review >

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THE MASTER OF PETERSBURG by J.M. Coetzee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Boldly presumptuous, yet somehow precious."
Depending on how readers take to literary conceits, Coetzee's new novel will be received as either a flash of fierce lightning or a rumble of unthreatening thunder. Read full book review >

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INNER WORKINGS by J.M. Coetzee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 23, 2007

"Dare we suggest that Coetzee is actually a better critical essayist than a novelist? This trenchant, rewarding volume suggests it just may be so."
Issues of political and moral choice and commitment and of literary theory and practice are considered in the South African Nobel laureate's fourth collection of criticism. Read full book review >

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THE LIVES OF ANIMALS by J.M. Coetzee
Released: April 1, 1999

"Included are four commentaries—by literary theorist Marjorie Garber, philosopher Peter Singer, religious scholar Wendy Doniger, and primatologist Barbara Smuts—that add touchwood, and a measure of windiness, to Coetzee's ethical tinderbox."
Fluent, challenging lectures on the ethics that shape the human-animal relationship, from South African novelist and essayist Coetzee (The Master of Petersburg, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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Released: July 8, 2002

"A fine portrait of the artist as a young drudge."
Continuing the third-person narrative begun in Boyhood (1997), noted novelist Coetzee (Disgrace, 1999, etc.) pens another morose, yearning, revealing memoir. Read full book review >