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The Nobel Prize-winning author of "Disgrace" delivers an utterly contemporary work of fiction that takes on the world of politics and explores with ...Show synopsisThe Nobel Prize-winning author of "Disgrace" delivers an utterly contemporary work of fiction that takes on the world of politics and explores with an extraordinary compass the role of the writer in modern times.Hide synopsis
Description:Fine in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 231 pp....Fine in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. 231 pp.; 22 cm. Tight, clean copy. Stated "First American edition." Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. A fine copy of the first printing. "In this brilliant new work of fiction, J. M. Coetzee once again breaks new literary ground with a book that is, in the words of its main character, 'a response to the present in which I find myself. ' Diary of a Bad Year takes on the world of politics--a new topic for Coetzee--and explores the role of the writer in our times with an extraordinary moral compass. At the center of the book is Seor C, an aging author who has been asked to write his thoughts on the state of the world by his German publisher. These thoughts, called 'Strong Opinions, ' address a wide range of subjects and include a scathing indictment of Bush, Cheney, and Blair, as well as a witheringly honest examination of everything from Machiavelli and the current state of the university to music, literature, and intelligent design, offering unexpected perceptions and insightful arguments along the way. Meanwhile, someone new enters the writer? s life: Anya, the beautiful young woman whom he hires to type his manuscript. The relationship that develops between Seor C and Anya has a profound effect on both of them. It also changes the course of Anya's relationship with Alan, the successful, swaggering man whom she lives with--and who has designs on Seor C's bank account. Through these characters, Coetzee creates an ingenious literary game that will enthrall readers and surprise them with its emotional power. Bold, funny, and sad, as well as intellectually clever and satisfying, Diary of a Bad Year is a journey into the mind and heart of one of the world's most acclaimed and accomplished writers. / J. M. Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003. He has won many other literary awards, including the Booker Prize (twice), the Prix. tranger Femina, the Lannan Literary Award, The Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and South Africa's premier literary award, the CNA Prize. The author of eighteen books, he is a native of South Africa, and now lives in Australia."-Publisher.
Publisher: New York, Viking Penguin, 2008 [first US edition]
Description:Octavo, [vi], 231 pages. Quarter complementary papered boards; a...Octavo, [vi], 231 pages. Quarter complementary papered boards; a fine copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper. With the author's signature loosely inserted.
Publisher: Melbourne, Text Publishing, 2007 [first edition]
Description:Octavo, [iv], 182 pages. Two-toned papered boards (bound upside...Octavo, [iv], 182 pages. Two-toned papered boards (bound upside down-a production flaw); a fine copy with the dustwrapper with a tiny tear at the head of the front hinge. Signed by the author on the title page. Loosely inserted is a printout of an email sent by the author to Colin Steele, University Librarian at the Australian National University from 1980 to 2002. 'Thanks for the invitation to speak...but in fact I'll be out of the country at the time the new book is launched, and have never anyhow been keen on giving talks that are veiled or not so veiled promotions of one's own publications. I've never been to Machu Pichu but at one time was under the spell of Pablo Neruda's poem about it'.
Description:Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by J. M. COETZEE The true Australian...Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by J. M. COETZEE The true Australian first edition, first printing signed by the author, a Nobel Prize laureate and double Booker winner.
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Description:Fine in Not Issued jacket. Galley/Proof. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall....Fine in Not Issued jacket. Galley/Proof. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author Uncorrected proof for the First UK edition. Perfect-bound illustrated wraps. Signed by Coetzee on the title page. Short shallow compression on the front wrap (not immediately apparent); otherwise, an unread copy in Fine condition. Actual image of the book' not a stock photo.
Edition: First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Author
Publisher: Text Publishing Company,
Description:Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo. 1846551668. A beautiful unread...Fine in Fine dust jacket. 8vo. 1846551668. A beautiful unread First Edition/First Printing in Fine condition in alike dustjacket. SIGNED by author and Nobel Laureate J. M. Coetzee directly on the title page; An aging writer, Señor C, makes notes in his diary about everything from Guantanamo Bay to the creative truth of dreams. His mesmeric voice is challenged by Anya, the smart, irreverent young woman whom he hires to type his diary notes. Meanwhile Alan, Anya's money-making boyfriend, scorns everything the writer believes in, and schemes against him. (From the cover)
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