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Code: 9568-NOVL
Author: J.M. Coetzee
ISBN/EAN: 9781559360388

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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 1972-1977 when Coetzee, in his thirties, was 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'.
  • Never having met Coetzee, he embarks on a series of interviews with people who were important to him - a married woman whom he had an affair, his favourite cousin Margot, a Brazilian dancer whose daughter had English lessons with him, former friends and colleagues.
  • From their testimony emerges a portrait of the young Coetzee as an awkward bookish individual with little talent for opening himself to others.
  • Within the family he is regarded as an outsider, someone who tried to flee the tribe and has now returned chastened.
  • His insistence on doing manual work, his long hair and beard, rumours the he writes poetry evoke nothing but suspicion in the South Africa of the time.
  • Sometimes heartbreaking, often very funny, Summertime shows us a great writer as he limbers up for his task. It completes the majestic trilogy of fictionalised memoir begun with Boyhood and Youth.

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