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'A great novel by one of the finest authors writing in the English language today' The Times

After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding.

For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the faultlines in their relationship.

**One of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**

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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15mm | 170g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099540983
  • 9780099540984
  • 31,097

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A great novel by one of the finest authors writing in the English language today
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A great novel by one of the finest authors writing in the English language today * The Times * Disgrace explores the furthest reaches of what it means to be human; it is at the frontier of world literature -- Geoff Dyer * Sunday Telegraph * Coetzee captures with appalling skill the white dilemma in South Africa * Daily Telegraph * A masterpiece...perhaps the best novel to carry off the Booker in a decade -- Boyd Tonkin * Independent * What is remarkable about Coetzee's vision as a novelist is that it remains intensely human, rooted in common experience and replete with failure, doubt and frustration * Guardian *
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About J. M. Coetzee

J.M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace, Summertime, The Childhood of Jesus and, most recently, The Schooldays of Jesus. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003.
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75,664 ratings
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4 40% (30,357)
3 23% (17,672)
2 7% (5,112)
1 2% (1,675)
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