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'Now a major motion picture starring John Malkovich.

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 apologize and repent in an effort to save his job, but he refuses to become a scapegoat in what he sees 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 political law lines of modern South Africa as it tries desperately to start a fresh page in its history is chilling, uncompromising and unforgettable.'

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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 apologize to save his job, but instead he refuses and resigns, retiring to live with his daughter on her remote farm.

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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 farm. For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonize 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 faults in their relationship. Chilling, uncompromising and unforgettable, Disgrace is a masterpiece.

About the Author

J.M. Coetzee is a professor of general literature at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of seven novels, most recently The Master of Petersburg, and of the memoir Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life. His many awards include the Booker Prize in 1983 for The Life & Times of Michael K, the Prix Femina and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. J.M. Coetzee is the first author ever to be awarded two Booker Prizes.

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mle0002, January 10, 2008 (view all comments by mle0002)
This book is filled cover to cover with vivid, disturbing scenarios. Even though I hated the main character, I couldn't put this book down. Coetzee is an excellent writer to pull it off, and I've bought several more of his books after reading this one.
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ISBN:
9780099289524
Author:
Coetzee, J M
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
J.M.Coetzee
Author:
Coetzee, J. M.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Biography
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Subject:
fiction;south africa;novel;africa;booker prize;rape;literature;apartheid;nobel prize;20th century;contemporary fiction;violence;contemporary;nobel;academia;south african literature;1990s;booker prize winner;racism;race;south african fiction;family;postcol
Subject:
fiction;south africa;novel;africa;booker prize;rape;literature;apartheid;nobel prize;20th century;violence;contemporary fiction;contemporary;nobel;south african literature;academia;1990s;booker prize winner;racism;race;south african fiction;family;dogs;po
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20000512
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Pages:
220
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 x .5 in .375 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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 apologize to save his job, but instead he refuses and resigns, retiring to live with his daughter on her remote farm.
"Synopsis" by , 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 farm. For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonize 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 faults in their relationship. Chilling, uncompromising and unforgettable, Disgrace is a masterpiece.
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