Summertime

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A rich, funny, and deeply affecting autobiographical novel from one of the world's greatest living writers.

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Summertime, J M Coetzee

A rich, funny, and deeply affecting autobiographical novel from one of the world's greatest living writers.

A young English biographer is working on a book about the late writer, John Coetzee. He plans to focus on the years from 1972–1977 when Coetzee, in his thirties, is sharing a run-down cottage in the suburbs of Cape Town with his widowed father. This, the biographer senses, is the period when he was 'finding his feet as a writer'.

Never having met Coetzee, he embarks on a series of interviews with people who were important to him – a married woman with whom he had an affair, his favourite cousin Margot, a Brazilian dancer whose daughter had English lessons with him, former friends and colleagues. From their testimony emerges a portrait of the young Coetzee as an awkward, bookish individual with little talent for opening himself to others. Within the family he is regarded as an outsider, someone who tried to flee the tribe and has now returned, chastened. His insistence on doing manual work, his long hair and beard, rumours that he writes poetry evoke nothing but suspicion in the South Africa of the time.

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  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781741669039
    Published: 02/08/2010
    Imprint: Vintage Australia
    Extent: 272 pages
  • Hardback
    $39.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781741669022
    Published: 01/09/2009
    Imprint: Knopf Australia
    Extent: 272 pages
  • eBook
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    ISBN: 9781742741208
    Published: 01/11/2010
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 272 pages
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J M Coetzee

J M Coetzee

J. M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting For The Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace, Summertime and The Childhood of Jesus. 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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