Vividly imagined and masterfully wrought in unerring prose, Elizabeth Costello is, on its surface, the story of a woman’s life as mother, sister, lover, and writer. Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling that only a writer of Coetzee’s caliber could accomplish.
Diary of a Bad Year J.M. Coetzee taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: Harvill Seckereerste editie: gedrukt: 2007verworven: 2007bindwijze: gebondenisbn: 9781846551208verworven via: Amazon More by JM Coetzee.
Slow Man J.M. Coetzee taal: Engelsgepubliceerd door: Secker & Warburgeerste editie: gedrukt: 2005verworven: 2005bindwijze: gebondenisbn: 0436206110verworven via: Amazon Coetzee is a very fine writer. He did not receive the Nobel Prize for nothing. Of his last works I found Disgrace a very strong novel. I’m afraid I can’t say the same about Slow Man. For […]
This very strong novel won the Booker Prize in 1999. In 2003 Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. From the press release of the Swedish Academy:
In Disgrace Coetzee involves us in the struggle of a discredited university teacher to defend his own and his daughter’s honour in the new circumstances that have arisen in South Africa after the collapse of white supremacy. The novel deals with a question that is central to his works: Is it possible to evade history? (…) There is a great wealth of variety in Coetzee’s works. No two books ever follow the same recipe. Extensive reading reveals a recurring pattern, the downward spiralling journeys he considers necessary for the salvation of his characters. His protagonists are overwhelmed by the urge to sink but paradoxically derive strength from being stripped of all external dignity.