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Elizabeth Costello by J.M. Coetzee

Elizabeth Costello

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Claimed by many to be one of his best. The two-time Booker Prize winner and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2003 uses a fictional but eponymous novelist as the central character of his book.

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Elizabeth Costello by J.M. Coetzee

Elizabeth Costello is an Australian writer of international renown. Famous principally for an early novel that established her reputation, she has reached the stage where her remaining function is to be venerated and applauded. Her life has become a series of engagements in sterile conference rooms throughout the world - a private consciousness obliged to reveal itself to a curious public: the presentation of a major award at an American college where she is required to deliver a lecture; a sojourn as the writer in residence on a cruise liner; a visit to her sister, a missionary in Africa, who is receiving an honorary degree, an occasion which both recognise as the final opportunity for effecting some form of reconciliation; and a disquieting appearance at a writers' conference in Amsterdam where she finds the subject of her talk unexpectedly amongst the audience. She has made her life's work the study of other people yet now it is she who is the object of scrutiny.

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'An important book-Extraordinary'
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'Probably the best book on the (Booker) longlist, the one that will last-Every word counts. Every sentence lives'
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About the Author

J.M. Coetzee

J M Coetzee's work includes Waiting For The Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood: Scenes From Provincial Life, Youth, and Disgrace which won the Booker Prize, making him the first author to have won it twice. In 2003 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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2nd September 2004


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240 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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