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  • AGE OF IRON
    AGE OF IRON
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268112
    Title: AGE OF IRON
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I am falling, I think, I am falling- welcome sweet sleep. Then at the very edge of oblivion something looms up and pulls me back, something whose name can only be dread.

    Mrs Curren, a Cape Town classics professor, is an opponent of the apartheid regime who has nonetheless been sheltered from its worst horrors. Now she is dying of cancer. In her final days she must confront the violence, chaos and injustice of her own society. Then Mr Vercueil, a homeless alcoholic, is found sleeping beside her garage. Who is he, and why has he come to her?

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BOOK OF FRIENDS : In Honour of J. M. Coetzee on his 80th Birthday
    BOOK OF FRIENDS : In Honour of J. M. Coetzee on his 80th Birthday
    DRIVER DOROTHY [ED]
    ISBN: 9781922268990
    Title: BOOK OF FRIENDS : In Honour of J. M. Coetzee on his 80th Birthday
    Author: DRIVER DOROTHY [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A landmark collection of works by acclaimed international and Australian authors appearing in honour of J. M. Coetzee's eightieth birthday

    A Book of Friends is a collection of essays, stories, poems and artworks compiled in honour of J. M. Coetzee on his eightieth birthday. It includes contributions from some of Coetzee's friends and contemporaries, and is edited by Dorothy Driver, his partner over the past four decades.

    Stretching from the Americas to South Africa to Australia, A Book of Friends pays homage to friendship, literature and the work of one of the most extraordinary writers of our time.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BOYHOOD
    BOYHOOD
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922330062
    Title: BOYHOOD
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is up to him to somehow get beyond childhood, beyond family and school, to a new life where he will not need to pretend any more.

    A young John Coetzee struggles to exert his autonomy in this perceptive evocation of his early years in the deeply divided South Africa of the 1940s. Coetzee reflects on his formative experiences with brutal insight and clarity, laying bare the intermingled joys and tragedies of childhood against a backdrop of incongruous cruelty. Boyhood is the first of J. M. Coetzee's masterly trio of autobiographical novels, Scenes from Provincial Life.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CHILDHOOD OF JESUS
    CHILDHOOD OF JESUS
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922182265
    Title: CHILDHOOD OF JESUS
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The child is silent. For a while he too is silent. Then he speaks. 'Please believe me - please take it on faith - this is not a simple matter. The boy is without mother. What that means I cannot explain to you because I cannot explain it to myself. Yet I promise you, if you will simply say Yes, without forethought, without afterthought, all will become clear to you, as clear as day, or so I believe. Therefore: will you accept this child as yours?'

    David is a small boy who comes by boat across the ocean to a new country. He has been separated from his parents, and has lost the piece of paper that would have explained everything. On the boat a stranger named Simon takes it upon himself to look after the boy. On arrival they are assigned new names, new birthdates. They know little Spanish, the language of their new country, and nothing about its customs. They have also suffered a kind of forgetting of old attachments and feelings. They are people without a past. Simon's goal is to find the boy's mother. He feels sure he will know her when he sees her. And David? He wants to find his mother too but he also wants to understand where he is and how he fits in. He is a boy who is always asking questions.

    The Childhood of Jesus is not like any other novel you have read. This beautiful and surprising fable is about childhood, about destiny, about being an outsider. It is a novel about the riddle of experience itself.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DEATH OF JESUS
    DEATH OF JESUS
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268280
    Title: DEATH OF JESUS
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After The Childhood of Jesus and The Schooldays of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee completes his trilogy with a new masterwork, The Death of Jesus.

    David has grown to be a tall ten-year-old. He is a natural at soccer, and loves kicking a ball around with his friends. His father Sim n and Bolivar the dog usually watch. His mother Ines works in a fashion boutique.

    David still asks lots of questions. In dancing class at the Academy of Music he dances as he chooses. He refuses to do sums and will not read any books except Don Quixote.

    One day Julio Fabricante, the director of a nearby orphanage, invites David and his friends to form a proper soccer team. David decides he will leave Sim n and Ines to live with Julio. Before long he succumbs to a mysterious illness.

    In The Death of Jesus, J. M. Coetzee continues to explore the meaning of a world empty of memory but brimming with questions.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DIARY OF A BAD YEAR - TEXT CLASSICS
    DIARY OF A BAD YEAR - TEXT CLASSICS
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781921922367
    Title: DIARY OF A BAD YEAR - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduced by Peter Goldsworthy.

    Winner, Nobel Prize for Literature 2003

    She pouts. I was expecting more of a story, she says. It is difficult to get into the swing when the subject keeps changing.An ageing writer fills his journal: he has opinions about everything. He is challenged by Anya, the smart, irreverent young woman he hires to type his notes. Anya's boyfriend scorns the writer and schemes against him.

    With its three simultaneous voices, Diary of a Bad Year is not only a novel about loneliness, friendship and the possibility of love, it changes the logic of reading itself.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
  • DISGRACE
    DISGRACE
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781925773859
    Title: DISGRACE
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    J. M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel Disgrace, set in post-apartheid South Africa, takes us into the disquieting mind of twice-divorced university teacher David Lurie as he loses his job and his honour after engaging in an ill-advised affair with a susceptible student.

    When he retreats to his daughter's farm, a brutal attack highlights their fractured relationship. Is it only through intense suffering and shame-his own as well as that of others-that David can begin to change, to understand his country and what it means to be human?

    In Disgrace, this Nobel-Prize winning writer examines ideas of evil, violence, dignity and redemption in a country dominated by the power dynamics of race.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DUSKLANDS
    DUSKLANDS
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268082
    Title: DUSKLANDS
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You must listen. I speak with the voice of things to come. I speak in troubled times and tell you how to be as children again.

    J. M. Coetzee's debut novel is actually two stunning novellas- 'Vietnam Project', about a researcher investigating US propaganda and psychological warfare in Vietnam; and 'The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee', the story of an eighteenth-century Boer frontiersman and his quest for revenge on a local tribe. Both are concerned with power-who wields it, who is subject to it-and its often catastrophic consequences.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ELIZABETH COSTELLO
    ELIZABETH COSTELLO
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268440
    Title: ELIZABETH COSTELLO
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Belief may be no more, in the end, than a source of energy, like a battery which one clips into an idea to make it run.

    Elizabeth Costello is a distinguished Australian author in her mid-sixties celebrated for a novel she wrote decades earlier. In a series of eight 'lessons'-the transcripts of lectures and speeches-she examines such subjects as animal rights, evil and the afterlife. Published in 2003, Elizabeth Costello was the first book J. M. Coetzee published in his new home of Australia. With its blurring of the lines between fiction and non-fiction, its rigorous interrogation of weighty ideas and moments of bleak comedy, the novel issued a new and complex challenge to Coetzee's readers.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FOE
    FOE
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268105
    Title: FOE
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In a world of chance is there a better and a worse? We yield to a stranger's embrace or give ourselves to the waves; for the blink of an eyelid our vigilance relaxes; we are asleep; and when we awake, we have lost the direction of our lives.

    In this extraordinary novel J. M. Coetzee asks his readers to re-imagine Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. It is the early 1700s. A young woman, Susan Barton, washes ashore on a remote island, populated only by Cruso and Friday, his mute slave. It will finally fall to Barton, having been rescued, to tell their tale of survival-but in order to do that she must confront and grapple with the nature of storytelling itself.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY
    IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268099
    Title: IN THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Today my father brought home his new bride.

    Magda lives on an isolated farm in South Africa with her callous father and their staff, who treat her with disdain. Her psychological state, already precarious, disintegrates when her father takes a black mistress, and a tenuous feudal peace is shattered. In prose rich and vivid, Coetzee re-enacts the colonial experience in the home and in the psyche of one woman, who will not let history overlook her.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL K
    LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL K
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781925773873
    Title: LIFE AND TIMES OF MICHAEL K
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There was a cord of tenderness that stretched from him to the patch of earth beside that dam and must be cut. It seemed to him that one could cut a cord like that only so many times before it would not grow again.

    Michael K is returning his elderly mother to her rural birthplace when she dies, leaving him to the mercy of roving armies in a South Africa gripped by war. Locked up, he escapes, determined to live life on his own terms. This compassionate and life-affirming novel speaks to the human need for connection-to each other and to the world-and an interior life.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MASTER OF PETERSBURG
    MASTER OF PETERSBURG
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781925773880
    Title: MASTER OF PETERSBURG
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    History is coming to an end; the old account-books will soon be thrown into the fire; in this dead time between old and new, all things are permitted. He does not believe his answer particularly, does not disbelieve it.

    In the fall of 1869, Dostoevsky is summoned from Berlin to St Petersburg by the sudden death of his stepson. Mad with grief, Dostoevsky obsessively unravels Pavel's life and death, becoming enmeshed in the same demonic conspiracies that claimed the boy. The Master of Petersburg is a daring novel about filial love and hate, authority and rebellion, art and imagination.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SCENES FROM PROVINCIAL LIFE
    SCENES FROM PROVINCIAL LIFE
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781864712087
    Title: SCENES FROM PROVINCIAL LIFE
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Scenes from Provincial Life opens in a small town in the South Africa of the 1940s. We meet a young boy who, at home, is ill at ease with his father and stifled by his mother's unconditional love. At school he passes every test that is set for him, but he remains wary of his fellow pupils, especially the rough Afrikaners. As a student of mathematics in Cape Town he readies himself to escape his homeland, travel to Europe and turn himself into an artist. Once in London, however, the reality is dispiriting: he toils as a computer programmer, inhabits a series of damp, dreary flats and is haunted by loneliness and boredom. He is a constitutional outsider. He fails to write. Decades later, an English biographer researches a book about the late John Coetzee, particularly the period following his return to South Africa from America. Interviewees describe an awkward man still living with his father, a man who insists on performing dull manual labour. His family regard him with suspicion and he is dogged by rumours: that he crossed the authorities in America, that he writes poetry. Scenes from Provincial Life is a heartbreaking and often very funny portrait of the artist by one of the world's greatest writers.

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SCHOOLDAYS OF JESUS
    SCHOOLDAYS OF JESUS
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781925498844
    Title: SCHOOLDAYS OF JESUS
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When you travel across the ocean on a boat, all your memories are washed away and you start a completely new life. That is how it is. There is no before. There is no history. The boat docks at the harbour and we climb down the gangplank and we are plunged into the here and now. Time begins.

    David is the small boy who is always asking questions. Simón and Inés take care of him in their new country. He is learning the language; he has begun to make friends. He has the big dog Bolívar to watch over him. But he’ll be seven soon. He should be at school. And so David is enrolled in the Academy of Dance in Estrella. It’s here, in his new golden dancing slippers, that he learns how to call down the numbers from the sky. But it’s here too that he will make troubling discoveries about what grown-ups are capable of.

    The Schooldays of Jesus, the startling sequel to J. M. Coetzee’s widely praised The Childhood of Jesus, will beguile its readers. With the mysterious simplicity of a fable, it tells a story that raises the most direct questions about life itself.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
  • SLOW MAN
    SLOW MAN
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781922268433
    Title: SLOW MAN
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If none is left who will pronounce judgment on such a life, if the Great Judge of All has given up judging and withdrawn to pare his nails, then he will pronounce it himself- a wasted chance.

    When a bicycle accident causes photographer Paul Rayment to lose a leg, he must reexamine his life so far, and what remains of it. He falls in love with the nurse who tends to his needs-but the arrival of famed novelist Elizabeth Costello upends everything. Slow Man is an intricate novel about identity, memory and desire, from a contemporary master.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
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