Lurie pursues his relationship with the young Melanie—whom he describes as having hips “as slim as a twelve-year-old’s”—obsessively and narcissistically, ignoring, on one occasion, her wish not to have sex. When Melanie and her father lodge a complaint against him, Lurie is brought before an academic committee where he admits he is guilty of all the charges but refuses to express any repentance for his acts. In the furor of the scandal, jeered at by students, threatened by Melanie’s boyfriend, ridiculed by his ex-wife, Lurie is forced to resign and flees Cape Town for his daughter Lucy’s smallholding in the country. There he struggles to rekindle his relationship with Lucy and to understand the changing relations of blacks and whites in the new South Africa. But when three black strangers appear at their house asking to make a phone call, a harrowing afternoon of violence follows which leaves both of them badly shaken and further estranged from one another. After a brief return to Cape Town, where Lurie discovers his home has also been vandalized, he decides to stay on with his daughter, who is pregnant with the child of one of her attackers. Now thoroughly humiliated, Lurie devotes himself to volunteering at the animal clinic, where he helps put down diseased and unwanted dogs. It is here, Coetzee seems to suggest, that Lurie gains a redeeming sense of compassion absent from his life up to this point.
Written with the austere clarity that has made J. M. Coetzee the winner of two Booker Prizes, Disgrace explores the downfall of one man and dramatizes, with unforgettable, at times almost unbearable, vividness the plight of a country caught in the chaotic aftermath of centuries of racial oppression.
J. M. Coetzee's prize-winning novel is a startling allegory of the war between opressor and opressed. The Magistrate is not simply a man living through a crisis of conscience in an obscure place in remote times; his situation is that of all men living in unbearable complicity with regimes that ignore justice and decency.
Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, Bridge of Spies), Ciro Guerra and producer Michael Fitzgerald are teaming up to to bring J.M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians to the big screen.
Costello's son, a physics professor, admires her literary achievements, but dreads his mother’s lecturing on animal rights at the college where he teaches. His colleagues resist her argument that human reason is overrated and that the inability to reason does not diminish the value of life; his wife denounces his mother’s vegetarianism as a form of moral superiority.
At the dinner that follows her first lecture, the guests confront Costello with a range of sympathetic and skeptical reactions to issues of animal rights, touching on broad philosophical, anthropological, and religious perspectives. Painfully for her son, Elizabeth Costello seems offensive and flaky, but—dare he admit it?—strangely on target.
In this landmark book, Nobel Prize–winning writer J. M. Coetzee uses fiction to present a powerfully moving discussion of animal rights in all their complexity. He draws us into Elizabeth Costello’s own sense of mortality, her compassion for animals, and her alienation from humans, even from her own family. In his fable, presented as a Tanner Lecture sponsored by the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, Coetzee immerses us in a drama reflecting the real-life situation at hand: a writer delivering a lecture on an emotionally charged issue at a prestigious university. Literature, philosophy, performance, and deep human conviction—Coetzee brings all these elements into play.
As in the story of Elizabeth Costello, the Tanner Lecture is followed by responses treating the reader to a variety of perspectives, delivered by leading thinkers in different fields. Coetzee’s text is accompanied by an introduction by political philosopher Amy Gutmann and responsive essays by religion scholar Wendy Doniger, primatologist Barbara Smuts, literary theorist Marjorie Garber, and moral philosopher Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation. Together the lecture-fable and the essays explore the palpable social consequences of uncompromising moral conflict and confrontation.
Few writers have won as much critical acclaim and as many admirers in the literary world as J. M. Coetzee. Yet the celebrated author rarely spoke of himself until the 1997 arrival of Boyhood, a masterly and evocative tale of a young writer's beginnings. Continuing with the fiercely tender Youth and the innovative Summertime, Scenes from Provincial Life is a heartbreaking and often very funny portrait of the artist by one of the world's greatest writers.
J.M. Coetzee's latest novel, The Schooldays of Jesus, is now available from Viking. Late Essays: 2006-2016 will be available January 2018.
In 1720 the eminent man of letters Daniel Foe is approached by Susan Barton, lately a castaway on a desert island. She wants him to tell her story, and that of the enigmatic man who has become her rescuer, companion, master and sometimes lover: Cruso. Cruso is dead, and his manservant, Friday, is incapable of speech. As she tries to relate the truth about him, the ambitious Barton cannot help turning Cruso into her invention. For as narrated by Foe—as by Coetzee himself—the stories we thought we knew acquire depths that are at once treacherous, elegant, and unexpectedly moving.
With striking intensity, J. M. Coetzee penetrates the twilight land of obsession, charting the nature on colonization as it seeks, in 1970 as in 1760, to absorb the wilds into the Western dusklands.
Deliciosa novela sobre los lazos de amor, la posibilidad de recordar cosas del futuro, el ganar a cualquier precio, el significado de la gloria y la importancia de ser dueños de nuestro propio destino.
«Una propuesta narrativa en extremo radical: llevar a sus últimas consecuencias el proceso de despojamiento del lenguaje, reduciendo el arte de narrar a sus elementos esenciales».
David ha cumplido diez años y todas las semanas juega al fútbol con sus amigos. No tienen equipos ni tampoco reglas; a veces son treinta en la cancha, otras veces solo cinco.
Un día el director de un orfanato vecino los invita a organizarse para enfrentar a los internados. Tal vez disfruten de medirse con un equipo de verdad. De hacer el máximo esfuerzo y dar todo por ganar. Pero David elige dejar su hogar e irse a vivir con ellos. Y, al poco tiempo, cae presa de una enfermedad misteriosa.
La muerte de Jesús cierra la saga -poética, filosófica- del Premio Nobel J.M. Coetzee sobre la vida de David en un mundo sin memoria. Una vida luminosa y fugaz como un cometa en el cielo. «Tuvimos el privilegio de que nos visitara un cometa. David se fue y el mundo ha vuelto a ser como era. Eso es lo que no podemos soportar: que no queda nada de él. Que podría no haber existido. Sin embargo, eso no es verdad. ¡No es verdad! Puede ser que el mundo sea como era antes, pero también es diferente».
Un día el Imperio decidió que los bárbaros eran una amenaza para su integridad. Primero llegaron al pueblo fronterizo policías, que detuvieron sobre todo a quienes no eran bárbaros pero sí diferentes. Torturaron y asesinaron. Después llegaron los militares. Muchos. Preparados para realizar heroicas campañas militares.
El viejo magistrado del lugar trató de hacerles ver con sensatez que los bárbaros habían estado desde siempre allí y nunca habían sido un peligro, que eran nómadas y no se les podía vencer en batallas campales, que las opiniones que tenían sobre ellos eran absurdas... Vano intento. El magistrado solo logró la prisión y el pueblo, que había aclamado a los militares cuando llegaron, su ruina.
«Uno de los mejores y más perdurables premios Nobel de Literatura que se han concedido en las últimas décadas.»
Mercedes Monmany, ABC
«... para Coetzee, en la Sudáfrica del apartheid decir la verdad era imposible, y narrar ficciones rozaba la frivolidad...»
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.