A divorced, middle-aged English professor finds himself increasingly unable to resist affairs with his female students. When discovered by the college authorities he is expected to apologize to save his job, but instead he refuses and resigns, retiring to live with his daughter on her remote farm.
Elizabeth Costello is a writer of international renown. Famous for an early novel from which, it seems, she will never escape, she has reached the stage where her remaining function is to be venerated and applauded. What matters to her is the search for a means of articulating her vision.
In the early eighteenth century, a woman finds herself set adrift from a mutinous ship and cast ashore on a remote desert island. There she finds shelter with its only other inhabitants: a man named Cruso and his tongueless slave Friday. In time, she builds a life for herself as Cruso's companion and, eventually, his lover.
For decades the Magistrate has run the affairs of a tiny frontier settlement, ignoring the impending war between the barbarians and the Empire, whose servant he is.
A first volume of memoirs, revisiting the South Africa of half a century ago, of a boy growing up in a small country town with a father he could not respect and a mother he adored. Coetzee evokes the tensions, delights and terrors of childhood, in a world of unexplained rules he knew he must obey.
After crossing oceans, a man and a boy arrive in a new land. Here they are each assigned a name and an age, and held in a camp in the desert while they learn Spanish, the language of their new country. As Simon and David they make their way to the relocation centre in the city of Novilla, where officialdom treats them politely but not necessarily helpfully. Simon finds a job in a grain wharf. The work is unfamiliar and backbreaking, but he soon warms to his stevedore comrades, who during breaks conduct philosophical dialogues on the dignity of labour, and generally take him to their hearts. Now he must set about his task of locating the boy''s mother. Though like everyone else who arrives in this new country he seems to be washed clean of all traces of memory, he is convinced he will know her when he sees her. And indeed, while walking with the boy in the countryside Simon catches sight of a woman he is certain is the mother, and persuades her to assume the role. David''s new mother comes to realise that he is an exceptional child, a bright, dreamy boy with highly unusual ideas about the world. But the school authorities detect a rebellious streak in him and insist he be sent to a special school far away. His mother refuses to yield him up, and it is Simon who must drive the car as the trio flees across the mountains. THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS is a profound, beautiful and continually surprising novel from a very great writer.
A young English biographer is working on a book about the late writer, John Coetzee. He plans to focus on a period in the seventies when, the biographer senses, Coetzee was 'finding his feet as a writer'. He embarks on a series of interviews with people who were important to Coetzee - a married woman with whom he had an affair.
Unflinching in its vision of suffering and generous in its portrayal of the spirit of care, 'Slow Man' is a masterful work of fiction by one of the world's greatest writers.
A 72-year-old Australian writer encounters an alluring woman in his apartment block. When he discovers she is 'between jobs' he claims failing eyesight and offers her work typing up his manuscript. Anya has no interest in politics but the job provides a distraction, as does the writer's evident and not unwelcome attraction toward her.
Features the post-apartheid culture in South Africa. This book examines the sexual and political lawlines of modern South Africa as it tries desperately to start a fresh page in its history.
A collection of the author's literary essays from 2000 to 2005. It discusses writers such as Italo Svevo, Joseph Roth, Bruno Schulz, Sandor Marai who lived through the Austro-Hungarian fin de siecle and felt the influence of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Freud.
Un vrai livre d'artiste qui accompagne l'exposition de Berlinde De Bruyckere à l'occasion de sa participation à la Biennale de Venise en 2013 (1 juin - 24 novembre 2013).
Publié à l'occasion de la participation de Berlinde De Bruyckere à la Biennale de Venise en 2013, le catalogue est le fruit de la rencontre exceptionnelle entre l'artiste flamande et l'écrivain J.M. Coetzee. Figure majeure de la scène contemporaine, Berlinde De Bruyckere a trouvé auprès des écrits inédits du célèbre auteur sud-africain l'ardeur et l'âpre beauté qu'elle recherchait.
Offers an epistolary dialogue between two great writers who became great friends. This book includes letters that touched on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, film festivals to incest, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, family, marriage, friendship, and love.