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J. M. Coetzee

Autor(a) de Disgrace

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About the Author

J.M. Coetzee's full name is John Michael Coetzee. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1940, Coetzee is a writer and critic who uses the political situation in his homeland as a backdrop for many of his novels. Coetzee published his first work of fiction, Dusklands, in 1974. Another book, Boyhood, mostrar mais loosely chronicles an unhappy time in Coetzee's childhood when his family moved from Cape Town to the more remote and unenlightened city of Worcester. Other Coetzee novels are In the Heart of the Country and Waiting for the Barbarians. Coetzee's critical works include White Writing and Giving Offense: Essays on Censorship. Coetzee is a two-time recipient of the Booker Prize and in 2003, he won the Nobel Literature Award. (Bowker Author Biography) J. M. Coetzee's books include "Boyhood", "Dusklands", "In the Heart of the Country", "Waiting for the Barbarians", "Life & Times of Michael K", "Foe", & "The Master of Petersburg". A professor of general literature at the University of Cape Town, Coetzee has won many literary awards, including the CNA Prize (South Africa's premier literary award), the Booker Prize (twice), the Prix Etranger Femina, the Jerusalem Prize, the Lannan Literary Award, & The Irish Times International Fiction Prize. (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos


Obras de J. M. Coetzee

Disgrace (1999) 10,789 cópias
Waiting for the Barbarians (1980) 4,331 cópias
Life & Times of Michael K (1983) 2,796 cópias
Elizabeth Costello (2003) 2,612 cópias
Slow Man (2005) 2,023 cópias
Foe (1986) 1,845 cópias
Youth (2002) 1,698 cópias
Diary of a Bad Year (2007) 1,359 cópias
The Master of Petersburg (1994) 1,148 cópias
Age of Iron (1990) 1,116 cópias
In the Heart of the Country (1977) 927 cópias
The Childhood of Jesus (2013) 764 cópias
The Lives of Animals (1999) 608 cópias
Dusklands (1974) 608 cópias
The Schooldays of Jesus (2016) 327 cópias
The Death of Jesus (2019) 138 cópias
The Pole (2022) 105 cópias
The Nobel Lecture in Literature, 2003 (2003) — Autor — 89 cópias
Late essays : 2006-2017 (2017) 83 cópias
Moral Tales (2019) 58 cópias
A Land Apart: A Contemporary South African Reader (1986) — Editor — 49 cópias
The Pole and Other Stories (2023) 27 cópias
Three stories (2014) 27 cópias
Wat is een klassieke roman? (2006) 19 cópias
Nietverloren (2018) 14 cópias
Brighton Rock 12 cópias
Waiting for the Barbarians {2019 film} (2020) — Writer — 11 cópias
Boyhood; and Youth (2003) 9 cópias
Age of Iron ; Life & Times of Michael K (1990) — Autor — 4 cópias
Ensaios Recentes (2020) 2 cópias
De Pool (2023) 2 cópias
Vergogna-Gioventù-Infanzia (2003) 2 cópias
De foto's van Jongensjaren (2020) 2 cópias
O cio da terra 2 cópias
Aquí y ahora (2014) 2 cópias
The Novel in Africa (2003) 2 cópias
Truth in autobiography 1 exemplar(es)
Coetzee John Maxwell 1 exemplar(es)
Il Polacco (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
ASKUND 1 exemplar(es)
A Walk in the Woods 1 exemplar(es)
Itt és most 1 exemplar(es)
איש איטי 1 exemplar(es)
בלב הארץ 1 exemplar(es)
යකඩ යුගය 1 exemplar(es)
ගර්හාව 1 exemplar(es)
What Is Realism (1997) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Scarlet Letter (1850) — Introdução, algumas edições36,181 cópias
Brighton Rock (1938) — Introdução, algumas edições5,129 cópias
Bad Trips (1991) — Contribuinte — 232 cópias
Granta 77: What We Think of America (2002) — Contribuinte — 217 cópias
The Best American Essays 1998 (1998) — Contribuinte — 190 cópias
Granta 52: Food : The Vital Stuff (1995) — Contribuinte — 146 cópias
Granta 58: Ambition (1997) — Contribuinte — 144 cópias
The Expedition to the Baobab Tree: A Novel (1981) — Tradutor, algumas edições108 cópias
Nobel Lectures: From the Literature Laureates, 1986 to 2006 (2006) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
Mascara (1988) — Posfácio, algumas edições66 cópias
The Best Australian Stories 2004 (2004) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
The Best Australian Essays: A Ten-Year Collection (2011) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
The Best Australian Essays 2006 (2006) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
Erotikon: Essays on Eros, Ancient and Modern (2005) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias
The Best Australian Essays 2004 (2004) — Contribuinte — 22 cópias
The Best Australian Essays 2007 (2007) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
The Best Australian Essays 2009 (2009) — Contribuinte — 21 cópias
The Best Australian Stories 2002 (2002) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
The Best Australian Essays 2003 (2003) — Contribuinte — 15 cópias
The Return of Thematic Criticism (1993) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
The Best Australian Essays 2014 (2014) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
The New Salmagundi Reader (1996) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias


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July 2013: J.M. Coetzee em Monthly Author Reads (Julho 2019)
Coetzee in November em 2015 Category Challenge (Novembro 2015)


wtf I’m so pissed I even spent money on this book; I had to read it for class and I wish I had rented it so I could return it and never see it again. I’m not even going to bother giving this book a proper review. I wish it was possible to unread something. Don’t read “Diary of a Bad Year” unless you want to HAVE a bad year. This book is annoying- everything from its characters to the writing style to the word choice and the DAMN FORMATTING. The plot is senseless and horny and rambling and poorly constructed. In the past, I’ve only ever had one book I’ve said I “hated” but this book has just joined that list.… (mais)
deborahee | outras 34 resenhas | Feb 23, 2024 |
State is something over which lots of opinions clash. On one end you have the keepers of the what you might call status quo, often called conservatives, that see everything outside the state as aberration and threat to purity. On the other end of the spectrum you have people that advocate more loose state structure, ever more liberties and embracing of what conservatives might call the "others" - people that live outside the state.

Everyone in these polar opposite groups do agree on some common principles - like morality, ethics, justice - so state thrives but, similar to all sociological elements in any society, this holds water only to the point when there are means for it. Meaning when state gets into problems and cannot fund/support them all these ethical/sociological/philosophical/artistic elements are usually just dropped and scorned at (usual bully approach to denigrate something). This is the period of strife inside the state that (in case there is no vent in terms of external enemy) burns the state from within.

State (or Empire as it is called in this novel) is living organism - it is created, it grows until it cannot grow any more, it breaks and then new state(s) pop up in its place. It cannot be allowed to stagnate.

In case states are prosperous but static (they do not expand geographically) they will see huge influx of people from the outside - this again will cause unrest from local population after a while (this is always just a matter of time) and resentment towards the emigrants. Or the state can be stagnating and they need outside threat so they find it (or not so they turn to themselves). In both cases this ends very very bad for everyone.

And then you have people governing the frontier. These folks are usually sent out as form of punishment to spend their lives governing the wild-lands but they usually get in line with the local population and go-native as they say. And not necessarily native in terms of "Heart of Darkness" but more in terms of Lawrence of Arabia. They try to mediate but precisely because of their knowledge of the area they enter sort of Catch-22 situation - everyone thinks they are not objective and that they are compromised.

And this brings us to this novel (at last eh :)) Magistrate is official on the border of the Empire - his job is to govern the frontier and provide feedback on what goes beyond the border. He knows about the barbarians (everyone over the border) and he gets upset when Empire starts (again) with the warmongering. Being man of the people (which especially comes to the front at the very end of the novel) he gets into troubles because his comments on maltreatment of barbarians are met with cold gaze of state security apparatus and soon as state gets frustrated with unsuccessful attempts against barbarians he becomes the target of the oppression.

Magistrate is a realist of sorts - he is fond of barbarians but he wants to keep them from the city. Reason is very simple - he is aware that due to very simple way of life in the wild-lands these barbarians are no match for the guile of the city dwellers. They get lied and swindled and their possession lost when in contact with the underhand merchants. This is constant fight between nomad and city-dweller way of life. He likes to see them come but he also appreciates them leave because he does not want them to lose their way of life.

He is conflicted man - he is attracted to a young barbarian girl who got badly molested during interrogation but he is aware that for her he is just old man, what can he give her? You might look at this as clash of generations - one that has come to peace with the life itself is attracted to the young folks [who get mauled for all the reasons of the old generation (old grievances, wars, conquest)] and then feels ashamed of themselves when they see what they did to their future.

Book also shows in great way how self-preservation will always top the truth and justice. False reports and confessions, almost completely savage enjoyment in the pain of others (almost animal pack behavior in these cases when responsibility is spread across the entire populace), how easy is to involve the people to do atrocious things (like placing the stick into the hand of the young girl to strike the Magistrate hanging upside down, bare naked wearing woman's gown - giggling of the child when it does it and encouragement from the crowd shows how close inner savage is to all of us) and then wash the executioners hands using collective guilt to say "I only followed the orders".

Also well shown is how all the torturers and murderers acting for the state get out very easily and unharmed while leaving the local populace to their own means - although without all the provisions because these "security forces" need them. I was always taken aback by the fact how many middle and lower level officials (work-horses of every policy) of the Nazi regime (or Pinoche's regime or Argentinian junta or any other oppressive regime) walk freely as reformed citizens. Reformed by who or what exactly?

When encountering all of this one can only try to find the middle ground and try to live his/hers life following his own principles. As Magistrate says - if we throw down all the principles and values when encountering the outside threat - what exactly is one trying to defend and salvage? is everyone ready to take a sacrifice as Magistrate did? Mostly no but we need to live in hope we will have more people like Magistrate that will sacrifice themselves so that nobler ideas can live.
Only problem is that we need to be aware of that and not let the sacrifice to be in vain - and this is truly the achievement, moving the masses towards worthy goal and actually making the difference.

Excellent novel, highly recommended.
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Zare | outras 77 resenhas | Jan 23, 2024 |
I found this well written but extremely dark and depressing.
ellink | outras 271 resenhas | Jan 22, 2024 |
4 stars for the titular novella, not for the short stories.

It is ages since I read anything new by J M Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2003, and yet I have four books on the TBR: The Master of Petersburg (1994); Diary of a Bad Year (2007); Summertime (2009), and The Childhood of Jesus (2013). I bought them all between 2009 and 2013 because I thought Disgrace (1999); Life and Times of Michael K (1983) and Slow Man (2005) were brilliant, but my interest faded with The Lives of Animals (1999); and Elizabeth Costello (2001). Only two of all these are reviewed here: Life and Times of Michael K (1983) published in my 'Reviews from the Archive' series, and Foe (1986) which I re-read for Novellas in November in 2021 and realised how much I'd missed when I read it the first time.

Which is why I feel confident that I've missed some aspects of 'The Pole' which is the titular novella of this new book. After all in the very next story 'As a Woman Grows Older', Elizabeth Costello muses on how she has made a living out of ambivalence, and she asks herself: Where would the art of fiction be if there were no double meanings?

Narrated by a rather wry observer interpreting only the woman's perspective, The Pole is a tale of unrequited love, first his for her, and then hers for him, half-hearted though it be. The Pole and the woman he desires are poles apart at the beginning, and in a way that I should have predicted but didn't, also at the end.

Helpfully, Coetzee's Pole, the pianist Witold Walczykiewicz makes the allusion to Beatrice from Dante's Divine Comedy explicit but his Spanish Beatriz will have none of it. While he has, inexplicably, developed a huge crush on her, she is not the least little bit interested. The wife of a banker with the sort of social responsibilities that banker's wives have, Beatriz had been roped into escorting Witold around Barcelona when he came to the city on tour. She had tried not to be predictable, and had found it easy not to gush or flirt, (which is what is expected of middle-aged rich ladies doing cultural duties with artistes.) She had not been 'transported' by his music...

So she had been quite startled by his attempt at renewed contact afterwards because his courtly behaviour had not given even a hint that he was keen. ('Courtly' because he's channelling Dante falling in love with Beatrice, but equally, just distant in his manner, and not just because they are using his not-great English as a lingua franca because she doesn't speak Polish and he doesn't speak Spanish or French.)

Indeed, Witold withholds (ha!) his feelings and has an austere persona. Beatriz's first impressions do not bode well for any passion.

To read the rest of my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2024/01/14/the-pole-other-stories-2023-by-j-m-coetzee/
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anzlitlovers | 1 outra resenha | Jan 13, 2024 |


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