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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, 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)
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Disgrace 10,067 copies, 254 reviews
Waiting for the Barbarians 3,941 copies, 71 reviews
Life & Times of Michael K 2,588 copies, 62 reviews
Elizabeth Costello 2,437 copies, 43 reviews
Slow Man 1,895 copies, 45 reviews
Foe 1,698 copies, 38 reviews
Youth 1,594 copies, 39 reviews
Diary of a Bad Year 1,279 copies, 32 reviews
The Master of Petersburg 1,055 copies, 19 reviews
Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life 1,020 copies, 26 reviews
Age of Iron 1,008 copies, 16 reviews
In the Heart of the Country 870 copies, 12 reviews
The Childhood of Jesus 669 copies, 26 reviews
The Lives of Animals 553 copies, 9 reviews
Dusklands 539 copies, 5 reviews
The Schooldays of Jesus 264 copies, 10 reviews
Here and Now: Letters (2008-2011) 261 copies, 11 reviews
The Death of Jesus 96 copies, 3 reviews
The Nobel Lecture in Literature, 2003 (Author) 84 copies, 1 review
Late essays : 2006-2017 61 copies, 1 review
Moral Tales 44 copies
Three stories 19 copies
Wat is een klassieke roman? 18 copies, 1 review
A House in Spain [short story] 15 copies, 1 review
Nietverloren 12 copies
Brighton Rock 12 copies, 1 review
Disgrace 2 copies
VERANO 1 copy
Utanç 1 copy
The Scarlet Letter (Introduction, some editions) 32,457 copies, 344 reviews
Brighton Rock (Introduction, some editions) 4,788 copies, 105 reviews
Bad Trips (Contributor) 222 copies, 6 reviews
Granta 77: What We Think of America (Contributor) 203 copies
The Best American Essays 1998 (Contributor) 181 copies, 1 review
Granta 52: Food : The Vital Stuff (Contributor) 133 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 58: Ambition (Contributor) 132 copies
La expedición al baobab (Translator, some editions) 95 copies, 3 reviews
Mascara (Afterword, some editions) 63 copies, 1 review
The Best Australian Stories 2004 (Contributor) 32 copies
The Best Australian Essays: A Ten-Year Collection (Contributor) 27 copies, 1 review

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