Nobel award: John Maxwell Coetzee
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Glenn Viklund  Identity Verified
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was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, 2003. If anyone hesitated, start with his fantastic book "Waiting for the Barbarians" (1980).

This humble man have the gift of not only asking the substantial questions, but also doing it in such a way that we will all understand the scope.

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Luca Tutino  Identity Verified
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For the sake of your searches: John **Michael** Coetzee Oct 3, 2003

I just tried to go to and looked for "John Maxwell Coetzee". Reply: "We were unable to find exact matches for your search for "!

However, "John Maxwell Coetzee" gives a lot of results with google.

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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Drop the first and middle names Oct 4, 2003

There are 166 results for Coetzee in They should do something to change the search options.

I read somewhere that he writes originally in Africaans but does anyone knows if he also writes in English?

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Lorenzo Lilli  Identity Verified
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in English Oct 4, 2003

Caliaa wrote:

I read somewhere that he writes originally in Africaans but does anyone knows if he also writes in English?

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I've read his two latest books in Italian and I'm sure they were translated from English, not from Afrikaans.


Susan Andrew
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In English. Oct 4, 2003

Yes he writes in English too. Try "Disgrace", I think it won the Booker prize in 99.


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JOHN MAXWELL COETZEE 2003 - Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature Oct 4, 2003

2003 Nobel Laureate in Literature
for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history

Biobibliographical notes
John Maxwell Coetzee was born in 1940 in Cape Town in South Africa. His background is both German and English. His parents sent him to an English school and he grew up using English as his first language. At the beginning of the 1960s he moved to England where he worked initially as a computer programmer. He then studied literature in the USA and went on to teach literature and English at the State University of New York at Buffalo up until 1983. In 1984 he became Professor of English Literature at the University of Cape Town. In 2002 he moved to Australia, where he is attached to the University of Adelaide.

Coetzee made his debut as a writer of fiction in 1974. His international breakthrough came in 1980 with the novel Waiting for the Barbarians. He was awarded the Booker Prize in the United Kingdom for Life and Times of Michael K, 1983.

After “updating” Robinson Crusoe in the novel Foe, 1986, Coetzee returned to South Africa with Age of Iron, 1990.

In 1999 Coetzee became the first author to be twice awarded the Booker Prize, now for his novel Disgrace, in which the plot, as in In the Heart of the Country, 1977, mainly takes place on a remote farm in South Africa.

A fundamental theme in Coetzee’s novels involves the values and conduct resulting from South Africa’s apartheid system, which, in his view, could arise anywhere.

Coetzee has also published translations and acted as a literary critic for the New York Review of Books for instance. Coetzee’s literary criticism has been published in essay form in journals such as Comparative Literature, the Journal of Literary Semantics and the Journal of Modern Literature and collections have been issued as White Writing, 1998, Doubling the Point, 1992, Giving Offense : Essays on Censorship, 1996, and Stranger Shores : Essays 1986 –1999, 2001.

Coetzee’s latest work Elizabeth Costello : Eight Lessons, 2003, is a mixture of essay and fiction, and some sections have already been included in other published works such as What is Realism? and The Lives of Animals.

Works in English
Dusklands : [two novellas]. – Johannesburg : Ravan Press, 1974. – Contents: The Vietnam project ; The Narrative of Jacobus Coetzee
In the Heart of the Country : [novel]. – London : Secker & Warburg, 1977. – Published in the USA as From the Heart of the Country
Waiting for the Barbarians : [novel]. – London : Secker & Warburg, 1980
Life and Times of Michael K : [novel]. – London : Secker & Warburg, 1983
Foe : [novel]. – London : Secker & Warburg, 1986
White Writing : on the Culture of Letters in South Africa. – New Haven : Yale Univ. Press, 1988
Age of Iron : [novel]. – London : Secker & Warburg, 1990
Doubling the Point : Essays and Interviews. – Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard Univ. Press, 1992
The Master of Petersburg : [novel]. – London : Secker & Warburg, 1994
Giving Offense : Essays on Censorship. – Chicago : Univ. of Chicago Press, 1996
Boyhood : Scenes from Provincial Life. – London : Secker & Warburg, 1997
What is Realism? – Bennington, Vt. : Bennington College, 1997
Disgrace : [novel]. – London : Secker & Warburg, 1999
The Lives of Animals / edited and introduced by Amy Gutmann. – Princeton : Princeton Univ. Press, 1999
The Humanities in Africa = Die Geisteswissenschaften in Afrika. – München : Carl Friedrich von Siemens-Stiftung, 2001
Stranger Shores : Essays, 1986–1999. – London : Secker & Warburg, 2001
Youth. – London : Secker & Warburg, 2002
Elizabeth Costello : Eight Lessons. – London : Secker & Warburg, 2003

John Maxwell Coetzee – Biobibliographical notes The Official Web Site of The Nobel Foundation
Copyright© 2003 The Nobel Foundation

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