Author J M Coetzee
WINNER OF THE 1999 BOOKER PRIZE
'Exhilarating..One of the best novelists alive.' - SUNDAY TIMES
'A great novel by one of the finest authors writing in the English language today.' - RUSSELL CELYN JONES, 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 faultiness in their relationship.
'Coetzee captures with appalling skill the white dilemma in South Africa.' - JUSTIN CARTWRIGHT, DAILY TELEGRAPH
'Disgrace is a subtle, multilayered story, as much concerned with politics as it is with the itch of male flesh. Coetzee's prose is chaste and lyrical - it is a relief to encounter writing as quietly stylish as this.' - PAUL BAILEY, INDEPENDENT
'By this late point in the century the journey to a heart of narrative darkness has become a safe literary destination, almost a cliche. Disgrace goes beyond this to explore the furthest reaches of what it means to be human; it is at the frontier of world literature.' - GOEFF DYER, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'A masterpiece....perhaps the best novel to carry off the Booker in a decade.' - BOYD TONKIN, INDEPENDENT
- Debolina Raja Gupta