RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 428961485 LA English T1 Summertime A1 Coetzee, J. M.,, PB Random House Australia PP North Sydney, N.S.W. YR 2009 SN 9781741669022 1741669022 9781846553189 1846553180 AB A brilliant new work of fiction from the Nobel Prize-winning author of "Disgrace" and "Diary of a Bad Year". A young English biographer is researching a book about the late South African writer John Coetzee, focusing on Coetzee in his thirties, at a time when he was living in a rundown cottage in the Cape Town suburbs with his widowed father-a time, the biographer is convinced, when Coetzee was finding himself as a writer. Never having met the man himself, the biographer interviews five people who knew Coetzee well, including a married woman with whom he had an affair, his cousin Margot, and a Brazilian dancer whose daughter took English lessons with him. These accounts add up to an image of an awkward, reserved, and bookish young man who finds it hard to make meaningful connections with the people around him. "Summertime" is an inventive and inspired work of fiction that allows J.M. Coetzee to imagine his own life with a critical and unsparing eye, revealing painful moral struggles and attempts to come to grips with what it means to care for another human being. Incisive, elegant, and often surprisingly funny, "Summertime" is a compelling work by one of today's most esteemed writers.