Diary of a Bad year: Book by J M Coetzee

Diary of a Bad year

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ISBN: 9780099516224    Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE UK Year of publishing: 2014     Format:  Paperback Language: English
An utterly contemporary and deeply thought-provoking novel which addresses the profound unease of countless people in modern democracies around the world.An eminent, seventy-two-year-old Australian writer...Read more
An utterly contemporary and deeply thought-provoking novel which addresses the profound unease of countless people in modern democracies around the world.An eminent, seventy-two-year-old Australian writer is invited to contribute to a book entitled Strong Opinions. It is a chance to air some urgent concerns. He writes short essays on the origins of the state, on Machiavelli, on anarchism, on Al-Qaida, on intelligent design, on music. What, he asks, is the origin of the state and the nature of the relationship between citizen and state? How should the citizen of a modern democracy react to the state’s willingness to set aside moral considerations and civil liberties in its war on terror, a war that includes the use of torture? How does the state handle outsiders?In the laundry-room of his apartment block he encounters an alluring young woman. When he discovers she is between jobs he claims failing eyesight and offers her work typing up his manuscript. Anya has no interest in politics but the job provides a distraction, as does the writer’s evident and not unwelcome attraction toward her. Her boyfriend, Alan, an investment consultant who understands the world in harsh neo-liberal economic terms, has reservations about his trophy girlfriend spending time with this 1960s throwback. Taking a lively interest in his affairs, Alan begins to formulate a plan. Diary of a Bad Year is an utterly contemporary work of fiction from one of our greatest writers and deepest thinkers. It addresses the profound unease of countless people in democracies across the world.From the Hardcover edition.About the AuthorJ.M. Coetzee’s work includes Waiting For The Barbarians, The Life & Times of Michael K, Boyhood: Scenes From Provincial Life, Youth, Disgrace and, most recently, Slow Man. He was the first author to win the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003.From the Hardcover edition.
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The work of a master" Daily Telegraph "You must read this book" Independent on Sunday "Coetzee is redrawing the contours of the novel and taking it places that it has rarely been before......Read more
The work of a master" Daily Telegraph "You must read this book" Independent on Sunday "Coetzee is redrawing the contours of the novel and taking it places that it has rarely been before... Exhilarating" The Times "Complex and ultimately moving" Sunday Telegraph "Mesmerising" New Statesman
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