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A young English biographer is working on a book about the late writer, John Coetzee. He plans to focus on the years from 1972-1977 when Coetzee, in his 30s, is sharing a run-down cottage in the suburbs of Cape Town with his widowed father. This, the biographer senses, is the period when he was ‘finding his feet as a writer’.

ISBN: 9780099540540 Author: Coetzee, J.M Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 2nd September 2010 Imprint: Vintage Cover: Paperback Dewey: 823.914 (edition:22) Pages: 266 Edition: |1st paperback ed Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

A young English biographer is working on a book about the late writer, John Coetzee. He plans to focus on a period in the seventies when, the biographer senses, Coetzee was ‘finding his feet as a writer’. He embarks on a series of interviews with people who were important to Coetzee – a married woman with whom he had an affair, his favourite cousin Margot, a Brazilian dancer whose daughter had English lessons with him, former friends and colleagues. Thus emerges a portrait of the young Coetzee as an awkward, bookish individual, regarded as an outsider within the family. His insistence on doing manual work, his long hair and beard, and rumours that he writes poetry evoke nothing but suspicion in the South Africa of the time.

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