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"A powerful study of lust, degradation and fantasy" Observer "It says something about the loneliness, about the craving for love, about the relation between master and slave and between white and black, and about man's earthly anguish and longing for salvation - in a way you do not easily escape from once it has gripped you" -- Andre Brink "The writing and mood are a remarkable piece of sustained intensity... One false word could have ruined this short tour de force completely. It never does" Daily Telegraph "An intellectual lyric which sings the absence of history, the electric lull before history breaks... As a piece of cultural psychoanalysis and diagnosis, it's glitteringly precise" -- Tom Paulin --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
J.M. Coetzee’s work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life, Youth, and Disgrace which won the Booker Prize, making him the first author to have won it twice.
From the Hardcover edition.
This novel is Coetzee's descent into madness essay, but it is more of a plane crach into madness. His most openly philosophical work except perhaps Master of Petersburg. Read morePublished on April 9 2002
I wholeheartedly disagree with the reviews I have read of this book. I felt that it was an interesting character study and almost frightening at times in the madness and passion... Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2001 by EriKa