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Life & Times of Michael K

Life & Times of Michael K

J. M. Coetzee

  • awardWinner, Booker Prize, United Kingdom, 1983
  • awardLonglisted, Best Designed Series, Australian Book Design Awards, 2020
  • Introduction by Stephanie Bishop

    I want to live here, he thought: I want to live here forever, where my mother and my grandmother lived. It is as simple as that. What a pity that to live in times like these a man must be ready to live like a beast.

    Michael K is returning his elderly mother to her rural birthplace when she dies, leaving him to the mercy of roving armies in a South Africa gripped by war. Locked up, he escapes, determined to live life on his own terms. This compassionate and profound novel, winner of the 1983 Booker Prize, speaks to the human quest for connection—for a home—and of the ways life defies narrative.


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    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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    2 July 2019
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    ‘An outstanding achievement.’

    ‘A major work of crystalline intensity.’

    ‘So purifying to the senses that one comes away feeling that one’s eye has been sharpened, one’s hearing vivified.’

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