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Coetzee, J M - Disgrace - ( Item 128918 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2011. First Thus. Fine Hardback. Sealed. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Introduction by Christopher Hope. 7 colour illustrations by Andrew Gibson. Bound in cloth. Set in Dante. 224 pages. Frontispiece. Book size: 9" 6 ". A lecturer at a technical university has an affair with a student, is found out and resigns under a cloud of scandal and recrimination. He seeks refuge with his daughter, who ekes out a living alone on an isolated farm, protected by dogs and a gun. But a brutal attack underlines the fact that here, in the Eastern Cape of post-apartheid South Africa, the bitterness of history is ever-present. Disgrace is a short and concentrated narrative with breathtaking impact. On one level, it is a page-turning account of a scandal and its fallout; the strained relationship between a father and his adult daughter; the mistrustful relations between neighbours of different races in a lonely rural setting. On another it reveals, with ruthless honesty, how relations between blacks and whites, powerful and powerless, men and women, are poisoned by history. Born in Cape Town in 1940, Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2003. Disgrace was the Booker Prize-winner in 1999. In a newly commissioned introduction, South African writer Christopher Hope describes Disgrace as being at once 'the least parochial of novels' and 'a quintessential South African story'. Illustrations by Andrew Gibson, in his first commission for Folio, use an outline treatment which blurs the racial divides in this subtle, disturbing and unforgettable book.

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