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Age of Iron

Age of Iron

J. M. Coetzee

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  • 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 & Times of Michael K, The Master of Petersburg, Disgrace and Diary of a Bad Year. His most recent writing is a trilogy of novels: The Childhood of Jesus, The Schooldays of...

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    John Freeman
    About the Introducer

    John Freeman is the author of How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, and the forthcoming Tales of Two Americas. Maps, his debut collection of poems, will be published by Copper Canyon in October. 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, the ...

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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.’

    ‘Coetzee’s tough-minded Age of Iron tests our notions of fairness and charity. It stayed in my mind long after I first read it.’

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    • Age of Iron
      ISBN: 9781925774887
      1 October 2019
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