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J.M. (John Maxwell) Coetzee (1940-present) - South African author
Award winning author whose novels tend to explore the implications of oppressive societies on the lives of their inhabitants, often using his native South Africa as a backdrop. Coetzee was born in Cape Town and graduated from the University of Cape Town. From 1962-1965 he worked in England as computer programmer and did research for his thesis on the English novelist Ford Madox Ford. He then attended earned his PhD. from University of Texas at Austin; his doctoral dissertation was on the early fiction of Samuel Beckett. He has taught at various colleges and universities (SUNY, John Hopkins, Harvard, Stanford, University of Cape Town, University of Adelaide). He currently resides in South Africa.

Awards:
  • 1977 - CNA Literary Award, 1977, for In the Heart of the Country
  • 1980 - CNA Literary Award, James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and Geoffrey Faber Award, all 1980, all for Waiting for the Barbarians
  • 1984 - CNA Literary Award, Booker-McConnell Prize, and Prix Femina Etranger, all for The Life and Times of Michael K
  • 1990 - Sunday Express Book of the Year Prize, for Age of Iron
  • 1994-95 - Premio Modello, and Irish Times International Fiction Prize, for The Master of Petersburg
  • 2003 - Booker Prize for Disgrace
  • 2003 - Nobel Prize in Literature, for Elizabeth Costello

Find available items by: J. M. Coetzee
WORKS by J. M. COETZEE:

Fiction:
  • Dusklands (contains two novellas, The Vietnam Project, and, The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee), 1974
  • From the Heart of the Country (New York) - published as In the Heart of the Country (London), 1977
  • Waiting for the Barbarians, (1980)
  • Life and Times of Michael K . (1983)
  • Foe, (1986)
  • Age of Iron, (1990)
  • The Master of Petersburg, (1994)
  • The Lives of Animals, (written with others, edited with an introduction by Amy Gutmann), 1999
  • Disgrace, (1999)
  • Elizabeth Costello, (2003)
Other Works:
  • (Translator) Marcellus Emants, A Posthumous Confession, (1976)
  • (Translator) Willma Stockenstroem, The Expedition to the Baobob Tree, (1983)
  • (Editor, with Andre Brick), A Land Apart: A Contemporary South African Reader, (1987)
  • White Writing: On the Culture of Letters in South Africa, (1988) - a collection of essays
  • Doubling the Point: Essays and Interviews, edited by David Attwell (1992)
  • Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship, (1996)
  • Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life, (1997)
  • What is Realism? (with Bill Reichblum), (1997)
  • William Kentridge, (with Dan Cameron and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev), (1999)
  • Stranger Shores: Literary Essays, 1986-1999, (2001)
  • The Humanities in Africa / Die Geisteswissenschaften in Afrika, (2001)
  • Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II, (2002)
  • (Editor) Landscape with Rowers: Poetry from the Netherlands, (2003)
J.M. Coetzee is also a regular contributor of reviews to various periodicals.

Works about J. M. Coetzee:
  • Attwell, David (1993) J. M. Coetzee: South Africa and the Politics of Writing.
  • Durrant, Sam (2004) , Postcolonial Narrative and the Work of Mourning: J. M. Coetzee, Wilson Harris, and Toni Morrison
  • Gallagher, Susan V. (1991), A Story of South Africa: J. M. Coetzee's Fiction in Context
  • Goddard, Kevin (1990), J. M. Coetzee: A Bibliography Head, Dominic (1998), J. M. Coetzee
  • Huggan, Graham, and Stephen Watson, (eds), (1996), Critical Perspectives on J. M. Coetzee
  • Jolly, Rosemary Jane (1996), Colonization, Violence, and Narration in White South African Writing: Andre Brink, Breyten Breytenbach, and J. M. Coetzee
  • Kossew, Sue (1996), Pen and Power: A Post-Colonial Reading of J. M. Coetzee and Andre Brin
  • Kossew, Sue (ed.), (1998), Critical Essays on J. M. Coetzee
  • Moses, Michael Valdez, (ed.). (1994), The Writings of J. M. Coetzee Penner, Dick (1989), Countries of the Mind: The Fiction of J. M. Coetzee

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