Disgrace (Paperback)

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A book read in 2 days....each page is heavy with meaning, no space wasted with momentary lapses in skill. The story of a fifty something man in South Africa most aware of his encroaching old age. After a flagrant display lacking in humility he flees to the remote Eastern Cape to live with his grown daughter. Here, amongst hard work and a shocking, violent incident, he learns lessons he believed he was too old to learn. A story of compassion, of generation differences and knowing that it is never too late to grow. A great book. — Northshire Staff

A brilliant metaphorical study of the history of South Africa as viewed through the experiences of the protagonist, David Lurie, a university professor who has fallen from grace. Profound and disturbing. — Amy Palmer


Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author J.M. Coetzee, the major motion picture stars John Malkovich. J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, is now available from Viking. Late Essays: 2006-2016 will be available January 2018.

At fifty-two, Professor David Lurie is divorced, filled with desire, but lacking in passion. When an affair with a student leaves him jobless, shunned by friends, and ridiculed by his ex-wife, he retreats to his daughter Lucy's smallholding. David's visit becomes an extended stay as he attempts to find meaning in his one remaining relationship. Instead, an incident of unimaginable terror and violence forces father and daughter to confront their strained relationship and the equallity complicated racial complexities of the new South Africa.

About the Author

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 9, 1940, John Michael Coetzee studied first at Cape Town and later at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in literature. In 1972 he returned to South Africa and joined the faculty of the University of Cape Town. His works of fiction include Dusklands, Waiting for the Barbarians, which won South Africa's highest literary honor, the Central News Agency Literary Award, and the Life and Times of Michael K., for which Coetzee was awarded his first Booker Prize in 1983. He has also published a memoir, Boyhood: Scenes From a Provincial Life, and several essays collections. He has won many other literary prizes including the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize and The Irish Times International Fiction Prize. In 1999 he again won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for Disgrace, becoming the first author to win the award twice in its 31-year history. In 2003, Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Praise For…

" Disgrace is not a hard or obscure book-it is, among other things, compulsively readable-but what it may well be is an authentically spiritual document, a lament for the soul of a disgraced century."
-The New Yorker

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143115281
ISBN-10: 0143115286
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: August 27th, 2008
Pages: 220
Language: English
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