Author(s): J.M. Coetzee
A student in 1950s South Africa has long been plotting an escape from his country. Studying mathematics, reading poetry, saving money, he tries to ensure that when he arrives in the real world, he will be prepared to experience life to its full intensity. Arriving at last in London, however, he finds neither poetry nor romance.
"One of the finest authors writing in the English language today." -- "The Times"
"Brilliant as a period piece, Youth also constitutes a remarkable feat of self-destruction." -- "Sunday Times"
"Youth shares with Hanif Kureshi's "Intimacy" and Graham Greene's The End of the Affair a rare combination of lived experience, expressed with eloquence, and a fierce uncompromising honesty. A masterpiece." -- "Harpers & Queen"
"Coetzee is one of the greatest writers of our time." -- "Los Angeles Times"
"Coetzee is able to dissect the human psyche with a surgeon's touch." -- "The Hamilton Spectator"
Of the Booker Prize-winning "Disgrace":
"The richness of Disgrace lies in the elegant and allegorical role reversals, the spare symbolism of the language and in the characterization. We may not like David Lurie, but in Coetzee's skillful hands we can't dismiss him without pity." -- "The Globe and Mail"
J.M. Coetzee's work includes Dusklands, In the Heart of the Country, which won the premier South African literary award, the CNA Prize, Waiting for the Barbarians, which was awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the CNA Prize, Life and Times of Michael K, which won the Booker Prize and the Prix Etranger Femina, Foe, Age of Iron, which won the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award, The Master of Petersburg, which won the Irish Times International Fiction Award and the memoir Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life. His most recent novel, Disgrace, won the Booker Prize, making the first author to have won it twice.