The Childhood of Jesus

The Childhood of Jesus

Hardback Viking

By (author) Professor of General Literature J M Coetzee

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  • Publisher: Viking Books
  • Format: Hardback | 277 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 28mm | 420g
  • Publication date: 3 September 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0670014656
  • ISBN 13: 9780670014651
  • Sales rank: 492,109

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A major new novel from the Nobel Prize-winning author of "Waiting for the Barbarians," "The Life & Times of Michael K" and "Disgrace" Nobel laureate and two-time Booker Prize winner J. M. Coetzee returns with a haunting and surprising novel about childhood and destiny that is sure to rank with his classic novels. Separated from his mother as a passenger on a boat bound for a new land, David is a boy who is quite literally adrift. The piece of paper explaining his situation is lost, but a fellow passenger, Simon, vows to look after the boy. When the boat docks, David and Simon are issued new names, new birthdays, and virtually a whole new life. Strangers in a strange land, knowing nothing of their surroundings, nor the language or customs, they are determined to find David's mother. Though the boy has no memory of her, Simon is certain he will recognize her at first sight. "But after we find her," David asks, "what are we here for?" An eerie allegorical tale told largely through dialogue, "The Childhood of Jesus" is a literary feat--a novel of ideas that is also a tender, compelling narrative. Coetzee's many fans will celebrate his return while new readers will find "The Childhood of Jesus" an intriguing introduction to the work of a true master.

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J. M. Coetzee won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003 and is the author of twenty-one books, which have been translated into many languages. He was the first author to twice win the Booker Prize. A native of South Africa, he now lives in Adelaide, Australia.

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Praise for "The Childhood of Jesus" "Captivating and provocative....Coetzee's precise prose is at once rich and austere, lean and textured, deceptively straightforward and yet expansive, as he considers what is required, not just of the body, but by the heart."--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review) "A return to form....[Coetzee's] most brisk and dazzling book."--Benjamin Lytal, "The Daily Beast" "With this powerful and puzzling novel, Nobel laureate Coetzee...returns to the allegorical focus that defined "Waiting for the Barbarians"."--"Booklist "(starred)