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Life and Times and Michael K

by J.M. Coetzee

In a South Africa turned by war, Michael K. sets out to take his ailing mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, Michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. This life affirming novel goes to the centre of human experience—the need for an interior, spiritual life; for some connections to the world in which we live; and for purity of vision.

“An outstanding achievment.” Nadine Gordimer

“A major work of crystalline intensity.” Los Angeles Times

“So purifying to the senses that one comes away feeling that one’s eye has been sharpened, one’s hearing vivified.” The New York Times Book Review


01 January, 1983

About J.M. Coetzee

J.M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting For The BarbariansLife & Times of Michael KBoyhoodYouthDisgrace 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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