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The Life and Times of Michael K

By J. M. Coetzee

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Format: Paperback, 192 pages, Revised Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 March 2005
In a South Africa torn by civil war, Michael K sets out to take his mother back to her rural home. On the way there she dies, leaving him alone in an anarchic world of brutal roving armies. Imprisoned, Michael is unable to bear confinement and escapes, determined to live with dignity. Life and Times of Michael K goes to the centre of human experience -- the need for an interior, spiritual life, for some connections to the world in which we live, and for purity of vision.

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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE 2003

About the Author

J.M. Coetzee's work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood, Youth, Disgrace, Summertime and The Childhood of Jesus. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.

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"A strong and memorable novel" * Guardian * "It strikes deep inside the heart...The story is clean, clear, straight, the work of a mature imagination at full power...here is a book that will be celebrated for a long time" * Mail on Sunday * "This is a trule astonishing novel... I finished Life & Times of Michael K in a state of elation, for all the misery and suffering it contains. I cannot recommend it highly enough" * Evening Standard * "Beautifully written in a strong, plain, unpretentious style...distinguished by grim humour and powerful understatement" * Sunday Express * "The quality of Coetzee's writing lies in his inner vision: dark, passionately compassionate, concerned with the nature of man" * Financial Times *

EAN: 9780099479154
ISBN: 009947915X
Publisher: Vintage Books
Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.95 x 1.52 centimetres (0.14 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is one of the most memorable books I have read. Winner of the Booker Prize, "Life and Times of Michael K" is a tale of war, survival, and the interior spaces we need to create in order to survive in such extremity. It is a short book, but it packs a big punch. The writing is crisp, uncomplicated and unadorned, mirroring in style the stark content of the book, and the wilderness through which Michael K travels. A classic.

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