Scenes from Provincial Life by J. M. Coetzee

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The Nobel Prize–winning author's brilliant trilogy of fictionalized memoirs—now available in one volume for the first time

Few writers have won as much critical acclaim and as many admirers in the literary world as J. M. Coetzee. Yet the celebrated author rarely spoke of himself until the 1997 arrival of Boyhood, a masterly and evocative tale of a young writer's beginnings. Continuing with the fiercely tender Youth and the innovative Summertime, Scenes from Provincial Life is a heartbreaking and often very funny portrait of the artist by one of the world's greatest writers.


About J. M. Coetzee

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J. M. Coetzee won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003 and is the author of twenty-one books, which have been translated into many languages. He was the first author to twice win the Booker Prize. A native of South Africa, he now lives in Adelaide, Australia.
Published April 24, 2012 by Penguin Books. 494 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It begins with some notes apparently written by John, but the bulk of the book takes the form of a certain Mr Vincent, a biographer of what has now become the novelist John Coetzee, and his interviews with people who knew the writer.

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