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 apologise and repent in an effort to save his job, but he refuses to become a scapegoat in what he see as as a show trial designed to reinforce a stringent political correctness. He preempts the authorities and leaves his job, and the city, to spend time with his grown-up lesbian daughter on her remote farm. Things between them are strained - there is much from the past they need to reconcile - and the situation becomes critical when they are the victims of a brutal and horrifying attack. In spectacularly powerful and lucid prose, Coetzee uses all his formidable skills to engage with a post-apartheid culture in unexpected and revealing ways. This examination into the sexual and politcal lawlines of modern South Africa as it tries desperately to start a fresh page in its history is chilling, uncompromising and unforgettable.
‘A great novel by one of the finest authors writing in the English language today’.
‘Coetzee captures with appalling skill the white dilemma in South Africa’.
‘Disgrace is a subtle, multi-layered story, as much concerned with politics as it is with the itch of male flesh. Coetzee’s prose is chaste and lyrical - it is a relief to encounter writing as quietly stylish as this’.
‘The journey to a heart of narrative darkness has become a safe literary destination, almost a cliché. Disgrace goes beyond this to explore the furthest reaches of what it means to be human; it is at the frontier of world literature’.
‘A masterpiece...perhaps the best novel to carry off the Booker in a decade’.
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- Model: 9780099284826
- Weight: 1.00kg
- Dimensions: 32.40cm x 23.70cm x 6.00cm
- ISBN: 9780099284826