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   John M. Coetzee
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Biography
John Maxwell Coetzee, of English and Boer descent, was born in Cape Town in 1940. His parents sent him to an English school and he grew up using English as his mother tongue. At the beginning of the Sixties he moved to England where he initially worked as a computer programmer. He then studied Literature in the United States and started to teach both Literature and English at the New York State University in Buffalo.
In 1974 he started to publish novels and achieved international success in 1980 with Waiting for the Barbarians. Three years later he won the Booker Prize with Life and times of Michael K, the story of a mentally retarded young man who travels through a country destroyed by war in search of his mother's homeland.
In 1984 he became professor of English Literature at Cape Town University. In 1984 he wrote Foe, 'updating' Robinson Crusoe, and in 1990 Age of Iron. In 1999 he became the first author to win the Booker Prize for the second time, on this occasion thanks to the novel Disgrace, portraying the transformation of post-apartheid South Africa through the unsettled and indefinite dispositions of his characters.
In 2002, Coetzee moved to Australia where he works for the University of Adelaide. Since that same year he has also been appointed a Distinguished Service Professor at Chicago University.
In 2003 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
In Italy Coetzee's work is published by Einaudi.
 
Thoughts and comments about the author:

"J. M. Coetzee's books are always awkward, unpredictable, destabilising".
David Lodge," The New York Review of Books"

Comments about Life and Times of Michael K:

"In spite of the intricate moralities that render this story sombre, light and air seem to appear among the sentences like small miracles".
"Newsweek"

Comments about Disgrace:

"Disgrace explores the extreme territories of what being a human being means: it is at the frontiers of world literature".
"The Sunday Telegraph"

"So purifying for the senses that one ends up by feeling that one's eyesight has been refined, one's hearing reinvigorated".
"The New York Times Book Review"
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