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‘ Explores the furthest reaches of what it means to be human’ Sunday Telegraph

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Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee

David Lurie, a middle-aged divorcee lecturing at the Technical University of Cape Town, has an impulsive affair with a student. When the passion sours and he is denounced, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding. For a time, he finds calm in the routine of farm life, but the balance of power in the country is shifting. When he and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack, all the faultlines in their relationship are revealed.

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'A great novel by one of the finest authors writing in the English language today' The Times

'A masterpiece...perhaps the best novel to carry off the Booker in a decade' - Boyd Tonkin, Independent

'Coetzee captures with appalling skill the white dilemma in South Africa' - Daily Telegraph

'Disgrace explores the furthest reaches of what it means to be human; it is at the frontier of world literature' - Geoff Dyer, Sunday Telegraph

'Exhilarating... One of the best novelists alive' - Sunday Times

About the Author

J. M. Coetzee

J.M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting For the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.

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4th August 2011


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