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After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding.
For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the faultlines in their relationship.
About the Author
J.M. Coetzee's work includes DUSKLANDS In the heart of the country, WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS, which was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the CNA Prize, LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL K, which won the Booker Prize and the Prix Etranger Femina, FOE, AGE OF IRON, which won the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, THE MASTER OF PETERSBURG, which won the Irish Times International Fiction Award and the memoirs BOYHOOD and YOUTH: Scenes from Provincial Life. His novel, DISGRACE, won the Booker Prize, making him the first author to have won this prestigious prize twice. His more recent novels include ELIZABETH COSTELLO, DIARY OF A BAD YEAR and SLOW MAN. SUMMERTIME has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for South-East Asia and the Pacific, and the Adelaide Festival Literature Award. It won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the WA Premier’s award for fiction and the Qld Premier’s Award for fiction.
"A masterpiece...perhaps the best novel to carry off the Booker in a decade" -- Boyd Tonkin Independent "Coetzee captures with appalling skill the white dilemma in South Africa" Daily Telegraph "Disgrace explores the furthest reaches of what it means to be human; it is at the frontier of world literature" -- Geoff Dyer Sunday Telegraph "A great novel by one of the finest authors writing in the English language today" The Times "Exhilarating... One of the best novelists alive" Sunday Times
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 7th October 2010
Publisher: Random House
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.17