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Foe

Introduction by Peter Goldsworthy

In a world of chance is there a better and a worse? We yield to a stranger’s embrace or give ourselves to the waves; for the blink of an eyelid our vigilance relaxes; we are asleep; and when we awake, we have lost the direction of our lives.

In this extraordinary novel J. M. Coetzee asks his readers to re-imagine Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. It is the early 1700s. A young woman, Susan Barton, washes ashore on a remote island, populated only by Cruso and Friday, his mute slave. It will finally fall to Barton, having been rescued, to tell their tale of survival—but in order to do that she must grapple with the nature of storytelling itself.

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. He lives in Adelaide.

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Peter Goldsworthy
About the Introducer

Peter Goldsworthy has won the FAW Christina Stead Prize for fiction, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize and a Helpmann Award, shared with the composer Richard Mills, for the opera Batavia. His poetry and novels have been widely translated; four of his novels and the short story ‘The Kiss’ have been adapted for the stage. His most recent book is the...

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Extent:
192pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
1 October 2019
ISBN:
9781922268105
AU Price:
$19.99
NZ Price:
$24.00
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Praise for J. M. Coetzee
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‘A small miracle of a book…of marvellous intricacy and overwhelming power’

‘At sentence level, [Coetzee] is, of course, a model of clarity – think of the dry and unornamented perspicuity Coetzee brings to bear in his fiction, the fastidiousness of thought…Yet the cumulative effect of this approach is not arid intellection but organic feeling: full-fleshed, mysterious and often extreme.’

‘A major force in contemporary writing. A master, in fact.’

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