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J. M. Coetzee

Biography

J. M. Coetzee

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 9, 1940, John Michael Coetzee studied first at Cape Town and later at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in literature. In 1972 he returned to South Africa and joined the faculty of the University of Cape Town. His works of fiction include DUSKLANDS, WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS, which won South Africa's highest literary honor, the Central News Agency Literary Award, and the LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL K., for which Coetzee was awarded his first Booker Prize in 1983. He has also published a memoir, BOYHOOD: Scenes From a Provincial Life, and several essays collections. He has won many other literary prizes including the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize and The Irish Times International Fiction Prize. In 1999 he again won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for DISGRACE, becoming the first author to win the award twice in its 31-year history. In 2003, Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

J. M. Coetzee

Books by J. M. Coetzee

by J. M. Coetzee - Family Life, Literary Fiction

Davíd is the small boy who is always asking questions. Simón and Inés take care of him in their new town, Estrella. He is learning the language; he has begun to make friends. With the guidance of the three sisters, Davíd is enrolled in the Academy of Dance. It’s here, in his new golden dancing slippers, that he learns how to call down the numbers from the sky. But it’s here, too, that he will make troubling discoveries about what grown-ups are capable of. In this mesmerizing allegorical tale, Coetzee deftly grapples with the big questions of growing up, of what it means to be a “parent,” the constant battle between intellect and emotion and how we choose to live our lives.

by J. M. Coetzee - Fiction, Literary Fiction

J. M. Coetzee’s allegorical new novel tells the story of David, a boy of around five who sails to the Spanish-speaking town of Novilla in search of his mother. A man named Simón, also aboard the ship, looks after the boy and helps him in his quest. The result is a novel that is part philosophy, part adventure, and a thoughtful questioning of the meaning and wisdom of the gospels.