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Coetzee, J. M. 1940-

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Disgrace by J. M Coetzee( Book )
301 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 31 languages and held by 5,431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A white woman is gang-raped by blacks in this novel on post-apartheid South Africa. But she understands such settling of scores is inevitable, given what whites did to blacks, and she keeps the baby. By the author of Waiting for the barbarians
Life & times of Michael K by J. M Coetzee( Book )
148 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 21 languages and held by 3,255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In South Africa, whose civil administration is collapsing under the pressure of years of civil strife, an obscure young gardener named Michael K decides to take his mother on a long march away from the guns towards a new life in the abandoned countryside. Everywhere he goes however, the war follows him. Tracked down and locked up as a collaborator with the rural guerrillas, he embarks on a fast that angers, baffles, and finally awes his captors. The story of Michael K is the story of a man caught up in a war beyond his understanding, but determined to live his life, however minimally, on his own terms
Waiting for the barbarians by J. M Coetzee( Book )
182 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 24 languages and held by 3,152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Allegory of the war between oppressor and oppressed
Elizabeth Costello by J. M Coetzee( Book )
102 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in 17 languages and held by 2,940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elizabeth Costello is a distinguished and aging Australian novelist whose life is revealed through a series of eight formal addresses. From an award-acceptance speech at a New England liberal arts college to a lecture on evil in Amsterdam and a sexually charged reading by the poet Robert Duncan, the author draws the reader toward its astonishing conclusion. The novel 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
Slow man by J. M Coetzee( Book )
106 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in 23 languages and held by 2,929 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"When photographer Paul Rayment loses his leg in a bicycle accident, his solitary life is irrevocably changed. Stubbornly refusing a prosthesis, Paul returns to his bachelor's apartment in Adelaide, uncomfortable with his new dependency on others. He is given to bouts of hopelessness as he looks back on his sixty years of life, but his spirits rise when he finds himself falling in love with Marijana, his practical, down-to-earth Croatian nurse ... As Paul contemplates how to win her heart, he is visited by the mysterious writer Elizabeth Costello, who challenges Paul to take an active role in his own life"--Jacket
Diary of a bad year by J. M Coetzee( Book )
47 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 2,462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At the center of the book is Senor C, an aging author who has been asked to write his thoughts on the state of the world by his German publisher. These thoughts, called "Strong Opinions," address a wide range of subjects and include a scathing indictment of George W. Bush, Dick Chaney, and Tony Blair, as well as a witheringly honest examination of everything from Machiavelli and the current state of the university to music, literature, and intelligent design, offering unexpected perceptions and insightful arguments along the way
Age of Iron by J. M Coetzee( Book )
123 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in 20 languages and held by 2,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mrs. Cullen, the narrator in this novel, is an elderly white woman dying of cancer in a country afflicted with its own mortal sickness
Foe by J. M Coetzee( Book )
100 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 13 languages and held by 2,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
While marooned on an island in the Atlantic, Sue Barton finds herself a character in a fiction novel. She spends a year with two other castaways, a mute Negro called Friday and Robinson Cruso
Summertime : fiction by J. M Coetzee( Book )
64 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 13 languages and held by 2,307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Slotdeel van de fictieve autobiografische trilogie waarin de auteur allerlei mensen ontmoet die hem een beeld kunnen geven van hemzelf in de periode 1972-1977 in Zuid-Afrika
Youth by J. M Coetzee( Book )
93 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 15 languages and held by 2,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hoping to escape his South African home, dysfunctional family, and what he believes to be an impending revolution, a young man becomes disappointed with his monotonous new life in London and begins a dark pilgrimage
The lives of animals by J. M Coetzee( Book )
63 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in 8 languages and held by 2,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The idea of human cruelty to animals so consumes novelist Elizabeth Costello in her later years that she can no longer look another person in the eye: humans, especially meat-eating ones, seem to her to be conspirators in a crime of stupefying magnitude taking place on farms and in slaughterhouses, factories, and laboratories across the world. Here the internationally renowned writer J.M. Coetzee uses fiction to present a powerfully moving discussion of animal rights in all their complexity. He draws us into Elizabeth Costello's own sense of mortality, her compassion for animals, and her alienation from humans, even from her own family. In his fable, presented as a Tanner Lecture sponsored by the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, Coetzee immerses us in a drama reflecting the real-life situation at hand: a writer delivering a lecture on an emotionally charged issue at a prestigious university. As in the story of Elizabeth Costello, the Tanner Lecture is followed by responses treating the reader to a variety of perspectives, delivered by leading thinkers in different fields
The childhood of Jesus by J. M Coetzee( Book )
27 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 1,852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A major new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels. Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life. Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. "But after we find her," David asks, "what are we here for?" An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat-a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzee's many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master"--
The master of Petersburg by J. M Coetzee( Book )
113 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in 17 languages and held by 1,844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The novel recreates the world of the Russian writer, Dostoevsky, with him as the protagonist. He returns from exile to St. Petersburg to investigate the death of his stepson, officially a suicide, but as he was a revolutionary Dostoevsky suspects murder. By the author of Waiting for the Barbarians
In the heart of the country by J. M Coetzee( Book )
105 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 14 languages and held by 1,710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A young woman living on a remote South African farm describes her loneliness and bitter anger
Dusklands by J. M Coetzee( Book )
72 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in 11 languages and held by 1,178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Two distinct narratives tell of an investigation into psychological warfare in Vietnam and an eighteenth-century conflict between Dutch settlers in southern Africa and the native Hottentots
Inner workings : literary essays, 2000-2005 by J. M Coetzee( Book )
40 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new collection of essays and literary criticism from the Nobel Prize winner. In addition to being one of the most acclaimed and accomplished fiction writers in the world, Coetzee is also a literary critic of the highest caliber. As Derek Attridge observes in his introduction, reading Coetzee's nonfiction offers one the opportunity to see "how an author at the forefront of his profession engages with his peers, not as a critic from the outside, but as one who works with the same raw materials." In this collection of twenty recent pieces, Coetzee examines the work of some of the twentieth century's greatest writers. Insightful, challenging, yet accessible, these essays demonstrate Coetzee's sharp eye and unwavering critical acumen and will be of interest to his fans as well as to all readers of international literature.--From publisher description
Stranger shores : literary essays, 1986-1999 by J. M Coetzee( Book )
30 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The only author ever to win the Booker Prize twice, J.M. Coetzee is one of the world's greatest novelists. Now his many admirers can have the pleasure of reading his significant body of literary criticism. This volume gathers together for the first time in book form twenty-six pieces on books and writing. Stranger Shores opens with "What Is a Classic?" in which Coetzee explores the answer to his own question - "What does it mean in living terms to say that the classic is what survives?"--By way of T.S. Eliot, Johann Sebastian Bach and Zbigniew Herbert. His subjects range from the great eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, and Ivan Turgenev to the great German modernists Rilke, Kafka, and Musil to the giants of late-twentieth-century literature, among them Harry Mulisch, Joseph Brodsky, Jorge Luis Borges, Salman Rushdie, Amos Oz, Naguib Mahfouz, Nadine Gordimer, and Doris Lessing."--Jacket
Giving offense : essays on censorship by J. M Coetzee( Book )
20 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and Spanish and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Giving Offense, South African writer J.M. Coetzee presents a coherent, unorthodox analysis of censorship from the perspective of a writer who has lived and worked under its shadow. Widely acclaimed for his many novels, Coetzee is also a brilliant literary critic and essayist. The essays collected here attempt to understand the passion that plays itself out in acts of silencing and censoring. Subscribing neither to the myth of the writer as a moral giant nor to that of the writer as persecuted innocent, Coetzee argues that a destructive dynamic of belligerence and escalation tends to overtake the rivals in any field ruled by censorship
A Land apart : a contemporary South African reader ( Book )
19 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and Dutch and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bloemlezing in vertaling uit de moderne Zuidafrikaanse literatuur in het Engels en Afrikaans
White writing : on the culture of letters in South Africa by J. M Coetzee( Book )
14 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in English and Italian and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Coetzee, J. M.
Coetzee, J. M. 1940-
Coetzee, J. M. (John M.), 1940-
Coetzee, J. M. (John Maxwell), 1940-
Coetzee, Jean M. 1940-
Coetzee, Jean Marie 1940-
Coetzee, John 1940-
Coetzee, John M.
Coetzee, John M. 1940-
Coetzee, John Marie 1940-
Coetzee , John Maxwell
Coetzee, John Maxwell 1940-
Coetzee John Michael 1940-....
Koutsi, Dž. M. 1940-
Kuci, Dž. M.
Kutzē, Dž. M. 1940-
Kutzē, Dž. M. (Džons Maksvels), 1940-
Kutzē, Džons Maksvels 1940-
Ḳuṭze, Gʾ. M. 1940-
Kutzee, Dzh. M. 1940-
Kutzee, Dzhon Maksvell 1940-
Kūtzī, Ǧ.M. 1940-
Ḳuṭzi, J. M. 1940-
Qôṭzî, Ǧ. M. 1940-
Quṭzî, Ǧ. M. 1940-
Кутзее, Дж. М 1940-
Кутзее, Джон Максвелл 1940-
קוטזי, ג׳. מ 1940־
קוטזי, ג'ון מקסול 1940-
ج. م. كوتزي، 1940-
كويتزى، ج. م.، 1940-
クッツェー, J. M
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