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Author: J M Coetzee
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Autobiographical fiction
Literary fiction
General fiction
Named Person: J M Coetzee; J M Coetzee
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J M Coetzee
ISBN: 9781741669022 1741669022
OCLC Number: 428961485
Notes: Sequel to: "Boyhood" and "Youth."
Awards: Shortlisted for Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia): Fiction 2010.
Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2009.
Description: 1 volume
Responsibility: J.M. Coetzee.

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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.

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