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Coetzee creates characters by starting with the dark ways in which the world has wounded them. He dissects human nature, showing just how ugly it appears to have become in this modern age, a time when people are more personally disconnected from one another than ever before. I was at first put off by the unusual style of Diary of a Bad Year, but quickly became consumed by its confluence of interpersonal drama, ego-wrestling, and philosophical and political musings. Coetzee is truly a master of contemporary fiction.
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Publisher Comments:

An ingenious new work of fiction from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace

J. M. Coetzee once again breaks literary ground with Diary of a Bad Year, a book that is, in the words of its protagonist, "a response to the present in which I find myself." Aging author Senor C has been commissioned to write a series of essays entitled "Strong Opinions," of which he has many. After hiring a beautiful young typist named Anya, the two embark on a relationship that will have a profound impact on them both, especially when Alan, Anya's no-good boyfriend, develops designs on Senor C's bank account. Told in these three voices simultaneously, Coetzee has created any entirely new way of telling a story, and nothing less than an "involving, argumentative, moving novel" (New Yorker).

Synopsis:

The latest by the Nobel Prize-winning author of "Disgrace" is an utterly contemporary work of fiction that addresses the profound unease of countless people in democracies across the world.

Synopsis:

The Nobel Prize-winning author of "Disgrace" delivers an utterly contemporary work of fiction that takes on the world of politics and explores the role of the writer in modern times.

Synopsis:

An ingenious new work of fiction from the Nobel Prize? winning author of Disgrace

J . M. Coetzee once again breaks literary ground with Diary of a Bad Year, a book that is, in the words of its protagonist, ?a response to the present in which I find myself.? Aging author Senor C has been commissioned to write a series of essays entitled ?Strong Opinions,? of which he has many. After hiring a beautiful young typist named Anya, the two embark on a relationship that will have a profound impact on them both? especially when Alan, Anya?s no-good boyfriend, develops designs on Senor C?s bank account. Told in these three voices simultaneously, Coetzee has created any entirely new way of telling a story, and nothing less than an ?involving, argumentative, moving novel? (The New Yorker).

About the Author

J . M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. The author of eighteen books, he has won many literary awards, including the Booker Prize (twice), the Prix Étranger Femina, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. A native of South Africa, he now lives in Adelaide, Australia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143114482
Author:
Coetzee, J M
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Coetzee, J. M.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.74x5.12x.63 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143114482 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Coetzee creates characters by starting with the dark ways in which the world has wounded them. He dissects human nature, showing just how ugly it appears to have become in this modern age, a time when people are more personally disconnected from one another than ever before. I was at first put off by the unusual style of Diary of a Bad Year, but quickly became consumed by its confluence of interpersonal drama, ego-wrestling, and philosophical and political musings. Coetzee is truly a master of contemporary fiction.

"Synopsis" by , The latest by the Nobel Prize-winning author of "Disgrace" is an utterly contemporary work of fiction that addresses the profound unease of countless people in democracies across the world.
"Synopsis" by , The Nobel Prize-winning author of "Disgrace" delivers an utterly contemporary work of fiction that takes on the world of politics and explores the role of the writer in modern times.
"Synopsis" by ,
An ingenious new work of fiction from the Nobel Prize? winning author of Disgrace

J . M. Coetzee once again breaks literary ground with Diary of a Bad Year, a book that is, in the words of its protagonist, ?a response to the present in which I find myself.? Aging author Senor C has been commissioned to write a series of essays entitled ?Strong Opinions,? of which he has many. After hiring a beautiful young typist named Anya, the two embark on a relationship that will have a profound impact on them both? especially when Alan, Anya?s no-good boyfriend, develops designs on Senor C?s bank account. Told in these three voices simultaneously, Coetzee has created any entirely new way of telling a story, and nothing less than an ?involving, argumentative, moving novel? (The New Yorker).

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