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Summertime
 
 
Author
J.M. Coetzee.
Publisher Viking  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780670021383
Pages/Publication Date 266/2009
Daedalus Item Code 20200
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In this novel from the Nobel Prize–winning author of Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year, shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize, a young English biographer is researching a book about the late South African writer John Coetzee. Never having met the man himself, the biographer interviews five people who knew Coetzee well, including a married woman with whom he had an affair; his cousin Margot; and a Brazilian dancer whose daughter took English lessons with him. These accounts add up to an image of an awkward, reserved, and bookish young man who finds it hard to make meaningful connections with the people around him. Incisive, elegant, and often surprisingly funny, Summertime allows J.M. Coetzee to imagine his own life with a critical and unsparing eye, revealing painful moral struggles and attempts to come to grips with what it means to care for another human being.

"This is the third installment of a life so reserved, so repressed, so seething with polite rage and restrained despair that it could only be approached through a third-person voice.... It is wonderful stuff. But then, Coetzee is wonderful: edgy, black, remorselessly human, witty, and often outright funny.... Summertime is offbeat and deliberate, elusive and truthful."—Irish Times

 
 
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