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Age of Iron

Introduction by John Freeman

I am falling, I think, I am falling: welcome sweet sleep. Then at the very edge of oblivion something looms up and pulls me back, something whose name can only be dread.

Mrs Curren, a Cape Town classics professor, is an opponent of the apartheid regime who has nonetheless been sheltered from its worst horrors. Now she is dying of cancer. In her final days she must confront the violence, chaos and injustice of her own society. Then Mr Vercueil, a homeless alcoholic, is found sleeping beside her garage. Who is he, and why has he come to her?

J. M. Coetzee
About the Author

J. M. Coetzee was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003. His work includes Waiting for the Barbarians, Life and Times of Michael K, The Master of Petersburg, Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year. He lives in Adelaide.

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John Freeman
About the Author

John Freeman is the former editor of Granta and the author of books including How to Read a Novelist. He is executive editor at the Literary Hub, and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times and Paris Review, and has been translated into more than twenty languages.

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1 October 2019
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Praise for J. M. Coetzee
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‘A superbly realised novel whose truth cuts to the bone.’

‘[Coetzee] is a consummate withholder, one of the great masters of the unsaid and the inexplicit.’

‘Exhilarating…One of the best novelists alive.’

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  • Age of Iron
    ISBN: 9781925774887
    1 October 2019
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