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Awards

Winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Literature

Staff Pick

"Elizabeth Costello is as good as fiction gets. Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, J. M. Coetzee has surpassed his already transcendent talent for characterization with this divine portrayal of his most complicated protagonist to date, Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello....As always, Coetzee fills in the details with layer upon layer of spare, exquisite sentences, culminating in a rare and affecting reading experience."
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Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com


Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com

"Elizabeth Costello is as good as fiction gets. Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, J. M. Coetzee has surpassed his already transcendent talent for characterization with this divine portrayal of his most complicated protagonist to date, Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello....As always, Coetzee fills in the details with layer upon layer of spare, exquisite sentences, culminating in a rare and affecting reading experience."
Recommended by Ann E., Powells.com

Review-A-Day

"The main question in this novel of ideas: What does Costello believe in? [Costello's] given her life over to words ? to the exclusion of her children, her sister, who's a nun in Africa, and who doesn't believe in 'the novel' or anything similarly humanistic ? but even words have betrayed her by the book's overwhelming conclusion." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read the entire Esquire review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In 1982, J. M. Coetzee dazzled the literary world with the now classic Waiting for the Barbarians. Five novels and two Booker prizes later, Coetzee is a writer of international stature and a novelist whose publication of a new work is heralded as a literary event. Now, in his first work of fiction since the New York Times bestselling Disgrace, he has crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale.

Elizabeth Costello is a distinguished and aging Australian novelist whose life is revealed through an ingenious series of eight formal addresses. From an award-acceptance speech at a New England liberal arts college to a lecture on evil in Amsterdam and a sexually charged reading by the poet Robert Duncan, Coetzee draws the reader inexorably toward its astonishing conclusion.

Vividly imagined and masterfully wrought in his unerring prose, Elizabeth Costello is, on its surface, the story of a woman's life as mother, sister, lover, and writer. Yet it is also a profound and haunting meditation on the nature of storytelling that only a writer of Coetzee's caliber could accomplish.

Review:

"Elizabeth Costello has real novelistic force. Our pleasure is watching this fascinating woman wrestle with intellectual issues as if they are life-and-death matters — and being convinced, in the end, that they are." Keir Graff, Booklist

Review:

"Costello's rigid morality and probing intelligence finally illuminate the fundamental question of what it means to be human. An intense and challenging novel; highly recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] disappointing hybrid that cannot, except by the loosest possible definition, be called fiction....As argument, literate, impassioned, and disturbing; as fiction, overemphatic and often dull. Perhaps only for Coetzee's most ardent admirers." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Even more uncompromising than usual....It is a resounding achievement by Coetzee and one that will linger with the reader long after its reverberating conclusion." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[D]oes Elizabeth Costello succeed artistically, as a work of fiction? The answer is yes, but more despite its metafictional superstructure than because of it....Coetzee's unflinching exploration of this desolate and strangely beautiful terrain represents the cruelest and best use to which literature can be put." The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Nobel Prize winner Coetzee has crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale of an Australian novelist whose life is revealed through a series of eight formal addresses.

Synopsis:

“[A] civilized discourse between two cultivated and sophisticated men. . . . Its a pleasure to be in their company.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brought them together in 2008, novelists Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee began exchanging letters on a regular basis with the hope they might “strike sparks off each other." Here and Now is the result: a three-year epistolary dialogue that touches on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, literature to film, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, death, eroticism, marriage, friendship, and love. Their high-spirited and luminous correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and reveal their pleasure in each others friendship on every page.

Synopsis:

A major new novel from the Nobel Prize–winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life and Times of Michael K and Disgrace

Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels.

Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life.

Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find Davids mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. “But after we find her,” David asks, “what are we here for?”

An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat—a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzees many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master.

About the Author

J. M. Coetzee has won many literary awards, including the Nobel Prize, three CNA prizes (South Africa's premier literary award), two Booker prizes, the Prix Etranger Femina, the Jerusalem Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. He lives in Australia.

Table of Contents

Realism — Novel in Africa — Lives of animals, the philosophers and the animals — Lives of animals, the poets and the animals — Humanities in Africa — Problem of evil — Eros — At the gate — Letter of Elizabeth, Lady Chandos.

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pasumonok, June 13, 2007 (view all comments by pasumonok)
Despite of the fact that this book is too deep and complicated for my simple mind, I am amazed and bewildered by it. I am Dazed and Confused as the famous rock song goes. Last year I committed to read all of the Nobel laureates in lit and since this author is in the end of the Nobel list, I can compare him at least to a hundred distinguished writers of this century. I claim that even Coetzee?s transition from realism to Kafka to that astonishing ending is truly memorable, not mentioning the numerous strata of conscious and unconscious in this novel. Elizabeth Castello is too much to grasp from the first reading. I have to reread it and meditate about it. I am struggling to swallow it, let alone digest it. However, it is tasty.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670031306
Author:
Coetzee, J. M.
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Author:
Auster, Paul
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Storytelling
Subject:
Australians
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Letters
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
56
Publication Date:
October 16, 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Viking Books - English 9780670031306 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"Elizabeth Costello is as good as fiction gets. Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, J. M. Coetzee has surpassed his already transcendent talent for characterization with this divine portrayal of his most complicated protagonist to date, Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello....As always, Coetzee fills in the details with layer upon layer of spare, exquisite sentences, culminating in a rare and affecting reading experience."

"Staff Pick" by ,

"Staff Pick" by ,

"Staff Pick" by ,

"Elizabeth Costello is as good as fiction gets. Recently awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, J. M. Coetzee has surpassed his already transcendent talent for characterization with this divine portrayal of his most complicated protagonist to date, Australian novelist Elizabeth Costello....As always, Coetzee fills in the details with layer upon layer of spare, exquisite sentences, culminating in a rare and affecting reading experience."

"Review A Day" by , "The main question in this novel of ideas: What does Costello believe in? [Costello's] given her life over to words ? to the exclusion of her children, her sister, who's a nun in Africa, and who doesn't believe in 'the novel' or anything similarly humanistic ? but even words have betrayed her by the book's overwhelming conclusion." (read the entire Esquire review)
"Review" by , "Elizabeth Costello has real novelistic force. Our pleasure is watching this fascinating woman wrestle with intellectual issues as if they are life-and-death matters — and being convinced, in the end, that they are."
"Review" by , "Costello's rigid morality and probing intelligence finally illuminate the fundamental question of what it means to be human. An intense and challenging novel; highly recommended."
"Review" by , "[A] disappointing hybrid that cannot, except by the loosest possible definition, be called fiction....As argument, literate, impassioned, and disturbing; as fiction, overemphatic and often dull. Perhaps only for Coetzee's most ardent admirers."
"Review" by , "Even more uncompromising than usual....It is a resounding achievement by Coetzee and one that will linger with the reader long after its reverberating conclusion."
"Review" by , "[D]oes Elizabeth Costello succeed artistically, as a work of fiction? The answer is yes, but more despite its metafictional superstructure than because of it....Coetzee's unflinching exploration of this desolate and strangely beautiful terrain represents the cruelest and best use to which literature can be put."
"Synopsis" by , Nobel Prize winner Coetzee has crafted an unusual and deeply affecting tale of an Australian novelist whose life is revealed through a series of eight formal addresses.
"Synopsis" by ,
“[A] civilized discourse between two cultivated and sophisticated men. . . . Its a pleasure to be in their company.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

After a meeting at an Australian literary festival brought them together in 2008, novelists Paul Auster and J. M. Coetzee began exchanging letters on a regular basis with the hope they might “strike sparks off each other." Here and Now is the result: a three-year epistolary dialogue that touches on nearly every subject, from sports to fatherhood, literature to film, philosophy to politics, from the financial crisis to art, death, eroticism, marriage, friendship, and love. Their high-spirited and luminous correspondence offers an intimate and often amusing portrait of these two men as they explore the complexities of the here and now and reveal their pleasure in each others friendship on every page.

"Synopsis" by ,
A major new novel from the Nobel Prize–winning author of Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life and Times of Michael K and Disgrace

Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels.

Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simón, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simón are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life.

Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find Davids mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simón is certain he will recognize her at first sight. “But after we find her,” David asks, “what are we here for?”

An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, The Childhood of Jesus is a literary feat—a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzees many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find The Childhood of Jesus an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master.

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