Diary of a Bad Year

J. M. Coetzee - Author

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ISBN 9780143114482 | 240 pages | 28 Oct 2008 | Penguin | 5.15 x 7.83in | 18 - AND UP
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An ingenious new work of fiction from the Nobel Prize– winning author of Disgrace

J . M. Coetzee once again breaks literary ground with Diary of a Bad Year, a book that is, in the words of its protagonist, “a response to the present in which I find myself.” Aging author Senor C has been commissioned to write a series of essays entitled “Strong Opinions,” of which he has many. After hiring a beautiful young typist named Anya, the two embark on a relationship that will have a profound impact on them both— especially when Alan, Anya’s no-good boyfriend, develops designs on Senor C’s bank account. Told in these three voices simultaneously, Coetzee has created any entirely new way of telling a story, and nothing less than an “involving, argumentative, moving novel” (The New Yorker).

“ Coetzee is one of the English-speaking world’s great tragic storytellers. . . . [This novel] offers exciting formal evidence of a literary artist’s capacity to keep up with the chaotic malfunctions of our time.”
O, The Oprah Magazine

“ J. M. Coetzee’s novel Diary of a Bad Year is something of a self-managed funeral, but a lavish one: mordant, funny and wise. Mr. Coetzee writes circles around any attempt to pin him down.”
— Richard Eder, The New York Times

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