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Dusklands - J M Coetzee

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Published: 6th August 1998
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A specialist in pyschological warefare is driven to braekdown and madness by the stressed of a project of macabre ingenuity to win the w ar in Vietnam. A meglomaniac Boer frontiersman wreaks hideous vengence on a Hottentot tribe for undermining the 'natural' order of his universe with their anarchic rival order, mocking him and subjecting him to the humiliations of his own all too palpable flesh. Both the 18th century Jacobus Coetzee and the 20ht century Euguene Dawn are in the business of pushing back the frontiers of knowledge and are dealers in death who denounce their own humanity and spurn their feelings of guilt. With immense power and economy in these two narratives, coetzee has crystalized in their absurdity and horror, the extremes of scientific evangelism and heroic exploration.

"Coetzee's vision goes to the nerve center of being" -- Nadine Gordimer "Its unflinching sense of loss, its claustrophobic acknowledgement of the unwilling interdependence of master and slave, and its subtle prose-style, make it an extraordinary achievement" Guardian "His writing gives off whiffs of Conrad, of Nabokov, of Golding, of the Paul Theroux of The Mosquito Coast. But he is none of these, he is a harsh, compelling voice" Sunday Times "Intense, clear and powerful. The promise, so brilliantly fulfilled in his later work, is clear in this earliest novel" Daily Telegraph

J M Coetzee

J.M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting For the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.

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ISBN: 9780099268338
ISBN-10: 0099268337
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 6th August 1998
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1